Leeds man back in jail following burglary spree

Man jailed for burglary crimes against his own sister

A prolific offender has been given a jail sentence in Leeds Crown Court after committing three house burglary offences within two months.

Dennis Roberts, 39, is back behind bars following a trial in Leeds Crown Court, where it was heard that he targeted three properties in January and February this year. One of the victims was the defendant’s own sister.

Roberts broke into three homes in the Osmondthorpe area. His first offence took place in Wilfred Avenue, where he used DIY tools to force entry through the property’s back door and kitchen window.

Man jailed for three burglary offences in Leeds

Osmondthorpe Lane, Leeds

He caused over £800 worth of damage to the window and door and then ransacked the house looking for valuable items. He managed to steal a small amount of cash from inside a young boy’s birthday card, which he left behind smeared with his blood.

Roberts also targeted a house in Primrose Lane and then his sister’s home in Osmondthorpe Lane, where he was disturbed by his niece. Before fleeing, he attempted to snatch his niece’s mobile phone from out of her hand but failed to do so following a quick struggle.

The police were contacted following the burglary. Officers were able to trace Roberts and connect him with the two other burglary offences using fingerprint evidence, DNA and blood left at both scenes.

Recorder Ray Singh said Roberts’ crimes were “particularly mean and nasty”. He was jailed for four years and four months.

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