Metal thieves spared jail following raid on Doncaster cottage

Sheffield Crown Court.
Sheffield Crown Court.

Two South Yorkshire men who broke into a cottage being renovated and stole boilers, piping and cable have been spared jail.

James Buck, aged 24 and 26-year-old Daniel Hickson were given suspended jail terms by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after they admitted burglary.

Faria Alam, prosecuting, said the owner of Rose Cottage in Tickhill, Doncaster, was alerted after a neighbour spotted two men going in and out of the garage and loading items into a white transit van.

She was not at the property, but drove there on December 18, at about 10.30am.

Miss Alam said: “She pulled up outside the cottage she was renovating and watched two men who were throwing metal items into the back of the van.”

Miss Alam said the owner took down the van’s registration number and reported it to the police.

One of the men even had the audacity to ask her if she wanted to sell any scrap.

Miss Alam said: “Both men got into the van and drove away.

The owner went in to survey the damage and found the garage door had been forced open and there was £1,000 of damage to the door.

Boilers, copper piping and electricity cables had been taken.

Police saw the van on Doncaster Road, Tickhill, where it had come to a halt.

Both men got out of the vehicle and fled and Hickson was arrested.

Buck was arrested later that evening.

Sentencing them both to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, Recorder Ian Harris said: “In my judgement this cases crosses the custody threshold.”

Hickson, of Long Grove, Stainforth, Doncaster, was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Buck, of Crabtree Road, Dunscroft, was given a six-month curfew from 10pm until 8am.