Two criminals have been locked up for six years after they were caught with £10,000 worth of children’s Christmas presents, jewellery and electrical items, stolen in a spate of house burglaries.
Anthony Wragg, aged 26, and Peter Fearn, 23, were sent to prison after they each admitted handling the stolen goods.
The property was stolen in a series of six house burglaries committed in Rotherham over Christmas and New Year.
Fearn, of Carr View Road, Kimberworth, and Wragg, of Duncan Street, Brinsworth, were arrested in Brinsworth.
The court heard they were arrested after the public gave police information following a series of 12 burglaries in the Brinsworth area all committed within a 16-day period.
The pair were found in possession of property from six of the incidents.
PC Mick Fletcher, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “To handle children’s Christmas presents and people’s belongings which are known to be stolen is a despicable act, and the judge passing sentence clearly thought the same.
“The residents of Rotherham can be assured we will do everything in our power to arrest and deal with such offenders appropriately.”
Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, district commander for Rotherham, said: “We will not tolerate individuals who feel it is right to handle stolen goods taken from other people’s properties.
“We will do everything we can, with other criminal justice partners, to make sure the local community keeps safe.”
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “It goes without saying that I fully support the police and the judiciary in taking appropriate action that results in sentences that act as a harsh deterrent to others.”