Teenage burglar jailed after night time raid

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A TEENAGER who was involved in taking two cars during a night-time burglary at a house in Halifax has been locked up.

Bradford Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Daniel McCrory and others broke into the property on Springwood Drive while the householders were asleep and stole electrical items as well as keys to an Audi A4 and Renault Clio.

Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan said the haul included computers, a 40-inch television, a digital radio and two mobile phones.

The Audi, worth £15,000, and the £7000 Clio were also driven away by the burglars following the break-in three months ago.

McCrory was arrested for an unconnected matter but during a search of his home in Bradford officers found the stolen television hidden in a cupboard as well as the laptops and the keys for the two vehicles.

Mr McLachlan said the cars were recovered and McCrory’s DNA was found on a cigarette butt in the Clio.

McCrory, of Farway, Holme Wood, pleaded guilty to burglary and taking the cars without the consent of the owners.

A further 11 house burglaries or attempted house burglaries were also taken into consideration.

The court heard that at the time of the Halifax burglary McCrory was already subject to a community order sentence imposed in December last year.

Barrister David McGonigal, for McCrory, said he was not a leader or instigator, but was susceptible to peer pressure particularly following a severe attack on him last year.

Recorder Henry Prosser said McCrory’s crimes passed the custodial threshold by a long way.

The judge said he also had to think of householders asleep in their beds having their houses burgled by intruders like McCrory and his friends.

He sentenced McCrory to two years detention in a young offenders institution and also banned him from driving for a year.