Leicester burglars who targeted high-value goods are jailed
Two burglars who targeted homes which contained high-value goods have been jailed.
Thomas Law (24), of Waltham Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, was given a four-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Co-accused Callum Marson (19), of Hand Avenue, Braunstone, was sentenced to three years and four months' detention.
Leicester Crown Court was told the pair were also involved in handling valuables from a series of other house break-ins.
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Sentencing Law and Marson at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Nicholas Dean QC told the men: "You've both let your families down. These offences bear the hallmarks of professionalism in their organisation and transporting goods away from burglaries.
"A substantial amount of property was recovered, which is a factor to be taken into account – although it wasn't to your credit, as you didn't voluntarily return the goods."
Law admitted burglary at a house in Hurlingham Road, Market Harborough, when items including a laptop computer, a games console, a camera, television, four watches and a mobile phone were stolen, on May 10.
Ben Gow, prosecuting, said the householder returned from walking his dog to find his home had been broken into, and saw a white van being driven away.
Police later found Law in a caravan in Leicester, with a white van nearby, and recovered most of the stolen goods.
Marson pleaded guilty to a burglary at a house in Forest Road, Loughborough, when £5,460 worth of property was taken, including a television, four laptops and DVDs, along with the keys to a Mini parked outside, which he also admitted stealing, on April 3.
Mr Gow said police ended up pursuing the Mini, which was being driven erratically in the Rothley area.
The car went out of control and those in it fled, leaving most of the property inside the vehicle. Marson was arrested nearby.
Both men admitted handling a stolen Ford Focus after it was taken from Larchmont Road, off Blackbird Road, Leicester, and handling a £22,000 BMW after it went missing from Beechfield Avenue, Birstall, in March.
They admitted handling bicycle parts, a Rolex watch, two mobile phone chargers and jewellery, the proceeds of three break-ins in the Skegness area, in March.
In mitigation, defence counsel said Law and Marson resorted to crime because of drug use.
Both were misusing cocaine and Marson was under pressure to pay off a drugs debt.