Bungling burglars were thwarted by three have-a-go heroes after they crashed into their car as they made their getaway.
Robin Hall, aged 28, and 23-year-old Peter McGuire were jailed for a joint total of five years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.
Hall, of Earlesmere Avenue, Balby, and McGuire, of Pipering Lane in Scawthorpe struck at a house on Clay Flat Lane, Rossington.They entered through the bathroom, using the occupant’s ladder, while her six year-old son was at home.
The men stole the victim’s Volkswagen Polo car from her driveway and drove off following the raid on Friday, July 12, last year, at about 10.40pm.
However, five minutes later they were involved in a minor collision on Bawtry Road with a Peugeot 308, which contained three people. No-one was hurt, but the offenders failed to stop and were followed by the Peugeot driver to Intake. A passenger in the Peugeot alerted the police and the burglars abandoned the car and fled on foot.
They were chased by the Peugeot owner and the police arrived at the scene and arrested them after a short chase.
Hall and McGuire initially denied being involved in the burglary, but later pleaded guilty. The court heard that, while on bail for the burglary, Hall – high on a cocktail of alcohol and diazepam – was involved in a disturbance at Lidl, Sandford Road, Balby.
He and a friend shouted, swore and threw cabbages and potatoes at shoppers.
Hall’s accomplice was wrestled to the ground by a Lidl worker whom Hall attacked using a plastic shopping basket.
The victim was left with a one inch cut on his skull and a graze to his cheek.
Police arrested Hall at the scene and subsequently charged him with causing actual bodily harm.
He pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years and four months in total for the two offences.
McGuire was jailed for two years and 10 months for the burglary.