Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015 on 1:49 pm

Burglary gang who stole over £20,000 from empty homes sentenced to jail

Burglary Gang Bradford

(l-r) Stefan Grogan, Matthew Crooks, Nathan Stapleton.

Three men who carried out burglaries on empty homes in Bradford have been sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

Stefan Grogan, 23, of Leeds Road, Windhill, Shipley, was sentenced to four and a half years, and Matthew Crooks, 24, of Back Lane, Wilsden was given three years and four months, after they pleaded guilty to nine burglaries last summer.

Nathan Stapleton, 19, of Back Dale Street, Shipley, was given two years and six months.

During the spree, which lasted between 9 and 27 August last year, the men stole over £20,000 of cash and jewellery, as well as laptops, designer watches and other items of value.

They broke into sheds to take garden tools, which they used to force open rear doors and windows to enter properties.

Detective Constable Richard Oxley, of the Western Area Burglary Team, said: “Bringing these men to justice is a fantastic result and I am delighted the court has recognised the seriousness of their offending by punishing them in this way.

“None of them cared about the consequences of their actions – the houses they targeted were empty, with occupants either out (usually at work) or on holiday had to return to the devastation left behind.

“These men now have time in jail to consider the consequences of their actions.”

A fourth man, Joshua Clayton, 23, of Albert Street, Wilsden, will be sentenced at a later date after also pleading guilty.

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