A BURGLAR caught red-handed when he broke into a Sheffield home and stole electronic gadgets and jewellery has been locked up for seven years.
Simon Pass, aged 32, from Firth Park, was caught after he forced open the kitchen window of a property in Hereward Road, Longley, as the occupants slept.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Pass rifled through every room in the house and stole high-value electronic items and jewellery.
Police were alerted when a member of the public reported suspicious activity near the house.
Pass, of Calder Way, was caught and arrested a short distance away and the property was recovered, following the break in on Sunday, September 30.
Speaking after the court hearing, Detective Constable Ian Chamberlain, from South Yorkshire Police said: ”This is a great result for the community and police.
“Burglary is one of the most intrusive and disturbing crimes.
“The sentence given reflects how serious and impactive burglary is upon its victims.
“Thanks to a vigilant member of the public, Pass was arrested and charged with burglary, that evening.”
After the hearing, the victim said: “I am extremely pleased with the sentence and would like to thank the police for their work in putting this man away.”