Christmas present thieves jailed for eight years combined

Nottingham Crown Court

Two men have been sentenced to a combined total of eight years after stealing a large quantity of Christmas presents from a house in Strelley.

Kieron Larcombe, 28, of Hanslope Crescent and James Meller, 28, of Lindfield Road both in Nottingham, had been caught on CCTV trying to break into another property in the area on Sunday 11 December 2017 and enquiries began into identifying the two men.

Then on Wednesday 21 December, officers were called to the Strelley area again where around £2,000 worth of presents had been stolen from a house along with around £500 in cash and some electrical items.

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The two men were challenged by the occupant and ran off, one of them leaving behind their mobile phone which led to their arrests.

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They both pleaded guilty to the attempted burglary and were found guilty for the other burglary on Wednesday (Wednesday 14 June 2017) at Nottingham Crown Court following a trial. Following this, they both pleaded guilty to vehicle interference after they had been captured on CCTV looking through an insecure car parked on a private driveway in Wollaton. The judge sentenced them each to four years in prison.

Detective Constable Paul Jaycock of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This is a good result for these burglaries. People might not think it a major incident but this had a huge impact on the families involved. The result sends the message out that burglary and theft of any type will not be tolerated. I’d like to thank all the officers involved who worked tirelessly as a team to link these incidents together and gathered some really strong evidence which contributed to the length of sentencing.”