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

stefangrogan_mediumStefan 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.

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

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

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.

nathanstapleton_medium“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.”

The men would break into sheds and take garden tools, which they used to force open rear doors and windows to enter the property. 

matthewcrooks_medium“It is important that, wherever possible, householders secure their sheds and garages. As has been shown by this case, thieves will use tools inside to then break into the house, added DC Oxley.