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Police warning to those who make up burglaries

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A Leeds teenager who sold off items from his flat and then told police he had been burgled has been given a 16 month prison sentence. 

The brazen 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made repeated trips to a second hand shop near his Beeston home and sold off household appliances including a fridge, cooker, washing machine and tumble dryer.

He then called police and claimed that he had returned home to find the door had been kicked in and the flat ransacked.

Unfortunately for the youth, officers quickly became suspicious of his story when they visited the address and found that the door had been damaged from the inside.

They then paid a visit to the second hand store and soon discovered the youth had sold the items for a total of £110. Stupidly he’d used his real name and details on each visit and had even had his photo taken as part of the shop’s security procedures.

With the truth now out, he was arrested and subsequently charged with theft and making a false report. He admitted the offences at Leeds Youth Court and was handed the custodial sentence.

The items were returned to the charitable project which provided the fully furnished flat as part of a project to help homeless 16 to 25-year-olds.

Det Insp James Entwistle, of Leeds neighbourhood team, issued a stark warning to others who were thinking of faking a break-in.

“Our enquiries will generally show when the things people are telling us don’t add up and people do need to realise that.

“False reports like this waste valuable police time that could be better spent dealing with real incidents and investigating genuine crimes. I hope this case and the significant sentence he has received will serve as a warning to others of the consequences they can face.”

As criminal law solicitors in Leeds, we have considerable experience of advising and representing clients facing theft and related charges in the city and surrounding areas.
Using our knowledge and experience, we can assist those wishing to either deny or plead guilty to the charges.

To find out how we can assist you, contact our team today.

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