Russell McIntyre, of no fixed abode, 40, broke into a property on Axholme Road in Wheatley Hills in Janurary. Two off duty officers were also in the area at the time, they spotted him climbing out of a broken window and made the arrest.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Adrian Love said it was clear that McIntyre had known the property was unoccupied: “two officers made a call to response colleagues and then apprehended McIntyre, arresting him at the scene. A search found he’d been carrying pliers, a screwdriver, rubber gloves and two TV remotes.”
He was later charged with burglary by officers from Doncaster CID.
McIntyre pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on February 26th.
DC Love added: “We are pleased with the sentence McIntyre received, the homeowner in this instance was a vulnerable, elderly person who did not deserve to be a victim. Thanks to the quick thinking of some of my colleagues, this criminal was stopped in his tracks.”
“Burglary can have a lasting impact and it is something that we take incredibly seriously. I would urge anyone who has any information about people committing burglaries, or handling stolen goods to please contact us on 101.”
“Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.”