Four men jailed after month-long crime spree

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Four South Yorkshire men have been jailed for nearly 30 years for a crime spree in which they broke into 19 homes.

David Sage, aged 33, of Acre Road, Cudworth, Barnsley and 35-year-old Paul Cooper, of Pleasant View, Cudworth, raided homes between Tuesday, March 19, and Saturday, April 20.

Lee Wood, 36, and 38-year-old Sam Hearne, also of Pleasant View, joined them until Wednesday, April 3, when they were arrested.

A total of 19 homes, in Barnsley and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, were broken into after the burglars smashed windows.

Eight cars were stolen after the keys were snatched.

Four of the vehicles – a Nissan Navara, Honda Jazz, Golf TDi and a BMW Z4 – were sold.

But the offenders also took thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and a laptop containing about 7,000 family images – which were deleted.

On the opening day of their trial, Wood admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and theft from a motor vehicle, while Hearne admitted conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

Wood was jailed for six years and four months, but Hearne failed to turn up for his sentencing hearing.

Sage and Cooper stood trial and were convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary. They were each jailed for 11-and-a-half years.

Hearne handed himself in a day later and was yesterday jailed for six years, plus an extra four months for failing to appear and failing to surrender to custody at an appointed time.

Superintendent Liz Watson, of South Yorkshire Police: “This has been a very long and detailed investigation, that has resulted in a fantastic outcome for residents not only in this county but across the border in West Yorkshire.

“A total of 19 burglaries have been solved and most of the key offenders have been handed very lengthy sentences.”

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