Two prolific criminals from Doncaster who are believed to be responsible for a significant number of burglaries across Yorkshire and Humberside have been jailed for seven years each.
James John Burke, 28, of Apple Grove in Auckley, and Simon Robert Bellwood, 36, of Ferndale View in Cusworth, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, July 23).
Between March and May 2013, Burke and Bellwood conspired to commit a large number of burglaries across South Yorkshire, Humberside and North Yorkshire.
They researched their victims’ properties and targeted victims with caravans or motorhomes.
When the residents took their caravans or motorhomes away on holiday, Burke and Bellwood would strike, stealing high value jewellery and cash.
PC Andy Hotchkiss, who investigated the burglaries, said: “This team was highly sophisticated and organised in their approach to committing crime. They entered into an agreement and conspired together to commit a string of burglaries all over the Yorkshire and Humber region.
He added: “The pair would commit the burglaries and then off-load the valuable jewellery on unsuspecting jewellers, getting the highest price possible for their ill-gotten gains. Unfortunately, this has meant that many victims have not been reunited with their jewellery.”
“South Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling burglary and will continue to target those responsible for this offence and bring them before the courts.”