A CONVICTED burglar was caught handling stolen goods taken in a house raid over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
Robert Hudson, aged 33, was found trying to hide a haul of Royal Wedding and Jubilee commemorative coins in a car park in Dodworth - and also persuaded his teenage friend Lauren Sykes to stash away more stolen items, including three games consoles, Sheffield Crown Court heard
Laura Marshall, prosecuting, said the victims left their home on Cavendish Road, Barnsley, locked on Tuesday, June 5, at about 1pm, but found their living room window was smashed when they returned at 8.30pm.
Ms Marshall said: “There were witnesses who saw a male in the garden that same afternoon.”
There was no forensic evidence from the burglary left at the scene, the court heard.
A description of Hudson, a homeless heroin addict, was circulated among police.
He was spotted by an officer the next morning in a restaurant car park off Dodworth Road, beside a Ford Ka driven by 19-year-old Sykes.
Ms Marshall said: “The officer went to where Mr Hudson had been crouching and a number of commemorative coins were recovered.
Sykes’ Ford was searched and a Nintendo DS was found, while a search of her flat on Woodstock Road, Smithies, recovered a Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation and a second DS.
The judge, Recorder Jane Rowley, handed Sykes, who now lives in Wakefield, a two-year conditional discharge, and ordered her to pay £100 costs at £5 per week, after she admitted handling stolen goods.
Hudson, who admitted the same offence, was jailed for two years.
The judge told him: “You have a significant record for serious offending.”