A teenage burglar from Sheffield, who was snared by his own greed as he sneaked back to the crime scene to grab his stash, has had his prison sentence cut by top judges.
Callum Thomas Simpson, aged 18, was jailed for three years in October last year after he admitted burgling a house in Green Lea, Dronfield.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said Simpson and his accomplices ‘specifically targeted’ the house, waiting until the occupants went out before breaking in.
The house was callously ransacked in the raid, London’s Appeal Court heard, and the intruders fled with a pillowcase full of cash and jewellery.
But a police officer spotted what was going on and chased after them, forcing the burglars to dump the stolen loot in a nearby wheelie bin.
Simpson’s big mistake was to return to the crime scene later on in a bid to retrieve his booty. That enabled him to be forensically linked to the crime, said the judge.
His case reached the Appeal Court as Simpson, of Spotswood Road, Gleadless, challenged his sentence.
His legal team claimed his punishment was far too tough in light of his youth and guilty plea. He was also said to have behaved well behind bars.
Although ‘somewhat obnoxious’ when he first arrived in custody he had since ‘settled down’, the court was told.
Judge Bourne-Arton, sitting with Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, agreed to reduce Simpson’s sentence by just over seven months.