Doncaster crime spree teen jailed

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A teenager who carried out a one-man crime wave and ruined Christmas and New Year for dozens of Doncaster people has been locked away.

Eighteen-year-old Daniel Parry, from Intake, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to seven burglaries and one count of the theft of a motor vehicle between December 13 last year and January 6.

He also asked for 11 offences – seven burglaries, three attempted burglaries and one theft of a motor vehicle, committed during the same period - to be taken into consideration.

Parry was sentenced to three years and four months in custody for the crimes, in which he took tens of thousands of pounds worth of property.

His crime spree began at Lonsdale Avenue, Intake, when he broke into a house on December 13, taking items including jewellery, cash and the keys to a Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. The Corsa was recovered three days later in Woodlands.

Parry then stole a Mini Cooper from Cornflower Drive, Bessacarr, overnight on December 14-15. It was later found stripped at Braithwaite.

Jewellery worth £9,000 was taken by Parry during the day on December 17 after he broke into a house at Corbridge Court, Bessacarr.

And between 4pm and 8pm on December 18, he took Christmas presents from under the tree at Westminster Drive, Dunsville, along with childrens’ 14th and 16th birthday presents – totalling £1,200.

There was no New Year resolution to turn over a new leaf as Parry continued his spree in the early hours of January 3 at St David’s Drive, Scawsby, where he broke into the house and took keys to a BMW and a Vauxhall Astra, which were then both stolen. The BMW was recovered at Edenthorpe and the Astra at Epworth later that day.

Parry carried out a similar offence in the early hours of January 4, taking a Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa from Radcliffe Close, Scawthorpe.

The Focus was recovered later that day in Scawthorpe, while the Corsa crashed after a short police pursuit in Highfields.

In the early hours of January 6, Parry broke into a house at Lynden Avenue, Adwick, to steal keys to a Mazda MX5, recovered the following day in Highfields.

Parry was finally caught in the act around noon on January 6 at a home on Bracken Heen Close, Hatfield.

Police responded to a call from a neighbour and found Parry in the property with items stacked up in the kitchen, ready to be stolen.

Said Det Con Jon White, of South Yorkshire Police: “Parry wreaked misery on many families throughout Doncaster over the Christmas period.

“A lot of the property he has taken will be replaced, however some of the stolen property holds such sentimental value that it is priceless and can never be replaced.

“I hope this sentence will serve as some sort of comfort to his many victims and will give him plenty of time to reflect on his actions and the impact they have had on the lives of his victims.

“I also hope that it will serve as a deterrent to anyone else who engages in such criminality in the Doncaster area.”