Teenage burglars jailed for string of break-in across Sheffield and Rotherham

Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court
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Two teenage burglars have been jailed for more than six years and another was handed a youth rehabilitation order for raiding homes across Sheffield and Rotherham.

Alex Whittingham, aged 19, Connor Brailsford, 18, and their 17-year-old accomplice – who cannot be named for legal reasons – committed four burglaries each in Crookes and Handsworth in Sheffield, and at Treeton in Rotherham, in March this year.

They admitted all of the offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

Whittingham, of Langsett Road, Hillsborough, was locked up for three years and nine months.

Meanwhile, Brailsford, of Pitsmoor Road, Pitsmoor, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

The 17-year-old boy was given a two-year youth rehabilitation order and a three- month electronic tag and curfew.

Acting Det Sgt Janine Broughton, who led the investigation, said: “Burglary is a very intrusive crime that can leave the victim extremely distressed and frightened of being in their own home, whether anything is stolen or not.”

ADS Broughton said she was happy with the three burglars’ sentences and issued a warning to other thieves.

“I am pleased with the result and hope it gives the young men time to think about the consequences of their actions. We will always endeavour to bring those that choose to partake in criminal activity before the courts.”