Burglars told ‘do it again and you get jail’

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A PAIR of burglars who smashed their way into a Sheffield home and stole a games console and games have escaped immediate custody.

Ryan Williams, 21, and Bradley Smith, 22, used a slab of concrete from the garden to smash through patio and conservatory doors at the detached house in Woodland Road, Norton.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court, the owner had left home shortly after 8am on March 21 and at 12.21pm a neighbour alerted the police after hearing the burglar alarm sounding.

Miss Gallagher said: “The alarm had been activated. The neighbour had gone to investigate and found the rear door open.”

Officers spotted Williams and Smith on Blackstock Road, Gleadless and the men fled, discarding items stolen during the burglary as they went.

There was a short chase and the men were eventually caught.

Miss Gallagher said items missing from the house included an Xbox, 10 Xbox games and a digital camera worth £630.

In police interviews they admitted forcing entry to the house, searching rooms and taking the items.

Smith, of Middle Hay View, Gleadless Valley, has one previous conviction for criminal damage while Williams, of Eastern Avenue, Arbourthorne, has no previous convictions. Both admitted one count of burglary.

Sentencing them both to nine months suspended for 18 months, Judge Trevor Barber said: “Do it again and you get locked up.”

They were also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community work and Smith was told to attend a victim awareness course.