A PAIR of career criminals have been sent back to prison after they burgled a house in order steal keys to high powered vehicles.
Shane Appleton and David Allerton were both handed three-year sentences over the night time raid at the property in south Leeds.
The pair were caught after they were recognised from CCTV footage which showed them acting suspiciously in the street near to the property on Tingley Hall Rise, Tingley.
Leeds Crown Court heard they broke the door lock to get into the house around 1am as a couple and a young child were asleep upstairs.
They took to a BMW and a Seat Leon parked on the driveway outside. Appleton and Allerton were recognised by a police officer after CCTV footage from a neighbouring property showed them in the street moments before the burglary.
They were arrested five days later after police were called to another incident in Tingley. Officers caught them half a mile away. They were sweating and out of breath in possession of gloves. Appleton, 27, of Acre Crescent, Middleton and Allerton, 28, of Aberfield Gate, Belle Isle, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft.
They asked for one other burglary, of a property in Middleton, to be taken into consideration by the court. Both men have lengthy criminal records and have served prison sentences for burglary and robbery. Both men are ‘third strike’ burglars.
Lawyers for the pair described how their offending was linked to long-standing drug addiction but said they were motivated to tackle their offending behaviour while in custody.
Jailing them, Recorder Ray Singh said: “There are serious aggravating features here. The occupants were at home when this offence took place at night time.
“It must have been very frightening for them.”