Adam Woodhouse, a 21-year-old burglar who targeted properties in Leeds, so he could steal the car keys to expensive vehicles, has been sentenced to six years in prison for his crimes.
Along with his accomplice – 18-year-old William Lock – Mr Woodhouse stole £40,000 worth of vehicles over the course of two nights.
Mr Lock was also sent to custody for three-and-a-half years for three offences that occurred on 15th and 16th December last year.
These included gaining unlawful entry into a doctor’s home in Thorner, where they forced a patio door lock to get the keys to a £15,000 VW Golf, which they then stole.
Both men then followed the same process to rob an elderly couple of a Honda worth £5,500, as well as a VW Golf and Honda with a combined value of over £20,000, from a family’s property in Thorpe.
Mr Woodhouse and Mr Lock both pleaded guilty to three offences of burglary and three of vehicle theft.
The former also asked for 20 further similar offences to be taken into consideration by the court.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “In one of the burglaries the householders were elderly and very ill in the case of one of them.
“In one of the other burglaries it is perfectly obvious that the psychological effect has been significant.”
Judge Marson said that the sentence was severe but intended to send a message that burglary was unacceptable.
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