Burglar snared by sting flat in Sheffield

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Another burglar has been snared by police in a ‘sting’ flat in Sheffield.

Austin Etefia, aged 34, broke into the property in Gleadless Valley after being tempted by a £1,500 computer he spotted through the window.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he climbed through an unlocked window to steal the laptop, which was traced by officers who had fitted it with a tracker device.

Asylum seeker Etefia, of Manor Park Crescent, Manor Park, was walking past the flat on December 1 when he spotted the computer.

Police had left a light on to make the laptop easily visible to passers-by.

They had also installed a CCTV system.

The flat was set up following a spate of burglaries on the city estate.

Jim Baird, defending, said Etefia was of previous good character.

He said if Etefia, who had been in custody since his arrest, was jailed his application to stay in the UK would likely be rejected.

Sentencing him to a 12-month community order with supervision, Recorder Mark McKone said: “I appreciate you are a proud man and want to work and are frustrated that you can’t work but getting into trouble doesn’t help your family at all.

“However you know what prison is like and I’m confident you will not commit any offences again in the future.”

Last month, Trevor Parkin, 33, of Spring Close View, Gleadless Valley, Sheffield, was jailed for three years after forcing a teenager to break into a sting flat in November to steal electrical items for him.