Burglar jailed for five year after five house break-ins

Sheffield burglar Cohen Roberts
Sheffield burglar Cohen Roberts
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A young man who burgled four homes in the Sheffield area has been jailed for five years.

Cohen Roberts, aged 23, had a tough upbringing on the city’s Wybourn estate, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He has previously been locked up at young offenders’ institutions for spells of 12 months and 32 months for burglaries in the city.

Judge Mark Gargan told Roberts: “You have a dreadful record for offences of burglary. Those sentences were not sufficient to prevent you from going on to commit further burglaries.”

Zaiban Alam, prosecuting, said Roberts stole jewellery and a laptop from a house on Jaunty Avenue – the home address of his stepchildrens’ maternal grandmother –on June 20 last year.

He committed three further break-ins this year taking £100 in coins from an address on Carter Hall Road on January 4, nothing from a house at Wales Road, Kiveton, on January 8 and £600 jewellery, £300 cash and a computer from an address at Thorncliffe Lane, Chapeltown, on January 12.

Roberts, of Ravenscroft Crescent, Stradbroke, Sheffield admitted four burglary offences.

Richard Adams, defending, said he was one of six siblings and had a difficult childhood with ‘the majority of his family having brushes with the criminal justice system’.

He suffered a serious head injury aged nine or 10 which badly affected him and led to him being bullied and eventually excluded from school.

But last year he met a new partner who has two young children and ‘coming from a proud family he was keen to impress her’.

He had a secret cocaine habit and was effectively living two lives. “On one hand he was the doting father taking the stepchildren to school and on the other hand feeding his habit,” said Mr Adams.

The homes he targeted for money were chosen with little risk of confrontation. The occupant at Jaunty Avenue was on holiday and the other offences were daylight raids on unoccupied premises.

Judge Gargan gave Roberts credit for his guilty pleas, his new relationship and the fact he had tried to find work.

But he told him: “These offences must be met with a substantial prison sentence and you know it.”

Detective Constable Patrick Allerton said: “Burglary is an incredibly intrusive and distressing crime and Cohen gave no thought or consideration to his victims when he forced entry to their homes.”