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Police snare Sheffield crooks

Sign on Western Road in Crookes warning of police trap cars being used in the area to catch thieves breaking into cars

Sign on Western Road in Crookes warning of police trap cars being used in the area to catch thieves breaking into cars

A sting operation using ‘trap flats’ and ‘trap cars’ to catch burglars and thieves has led to four convictions in Sheffield so far.

Police have installed surveillance technology in a number of properties across the city to catch offenders in the act.

Cars have also been parked around the city with valuables deliberately on display, in the hope of catching culprits red-handed.

Valuables stolen from the flats or vehicles are coated with SmartWater to link them back to crime scenes.

Since Operation Kingbird was launched, four offenders have been sentenced.

Simon Collins, aged 37, of no fixed abode but previously of Harcourt Road, Crookesmoor, was jailed for three years after admitting the burglary of a sting flat in Broomhall.

His accomplice, 32-year-old Shaun Leon White, also of Harcourt Road, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to the same offence.

They were both caught on CCTV, and had SmartWater on their faces and clothing when arrested.

A 25-year-old Sheffield man was handed a 26-week suspended jail sentence and supervision order after being convicted of the burglary of a trap flat in Highfield.

And a 57-year-old man convicted of handling stolen goods received a community order.

Detective Sergeant Tina Wilson said: “This operation has already yielded some positive results and we are keen to continue this work, particularly as the students head back to the city in September.

“Victims can be left shaken and traumatised by burglary and theft offences, and we are dedicated to identifying and bringing to justice those that commit these awful crimes.

“Those that engage in burglary, the handling of stolen goods or vehicle crime, should be wary of their next target, as it could potentially be one of our sting properties.”

 

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