Sheffield burglar found by homeowner 'hiding behind washing machine'

A burglar with over 50 previous convictions has been jailed after he raided a garage and fled from the owner.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 9:41 am

Sheffield Crown Court heard on January 12 how Darrell Burbeary, aged 49, of Eastcroft Glen, Westfield, Sheffield, was found by the owner hiding behind a washing machine in a detached garage at Lodge Farm, Dinnington, Sheffield.

Daniel Penman, prosecuting, said: “He attended the garage and found the defendant hiding behind a washing machine. He grabbed and attempted to detain him but he was able to run away across fields.”

Mr Penman added that after Burbeary was pursued he was found in a bush and he attempted to offer the garage owner money and a mobile phone not to tell the police before he fled again.

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Sheffield Crown Court, pictured, heard how a Sheffield burglar with over 50 previous convictions has been jailed after he was caught raiding a detached garage.

The garage owner stated he had been left annoyed because the garage roof had been damaged during the break-in and he was concerned because his home was nearby with children.

Burbeary, who has 52 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the non-dwelling burglary which happened in November, 2020.

Andrew Smith, defending, said: “It was an opportunistic offence with no clear planning.”

Mr Smith added: “He was in the vicinity and temptation got in his way.”

Burbeary who has an alcohol issue, according to Mr Smith, is a carer for his mother and feels he has let her down as well as himself.

Recorder Felicity Davies told Burbeary he has an “appalling record”. She sentenced Burbeary to six months of custody.

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