Couple caught on camera burgling neighbours home in Leeds

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A couple were caught on camera burgling their neighbour’s home as they had a child with them.

Paige Spencer and Tariq Islam were arrested after their victim, a university student, turned detective and managed to track down footgae of the pair carrying out the raid.

Leeds Crown Court heard the student left his first floor flat on Dewsbury Road, Beeston, locked and secure when he left to go to university on the morning of July 3 last year.

When he returned home that evening he discovered a lap top and iphones worth £600 were missing.

The victim then spoke to the owner of a shop near to his home and asked him if he could look at CCTV footage which covered the entrance to his home.

He viewed the footage and saw Spencer and Islam carrying out the burglary.

The victim recognised them as couple had been his neighbours until they moved out days before the incident.

The footage showed Spencer opening a window and climbing into the flat. She then opened the door to let Islam inside. The pair, who had a young child with them at the time, could then be seen leaving the flat carrying items.

Islam, 31, of Cross Quarry Street, Woodhouse, and Spencer, of Farrow Vale, Armley, pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard Islam has previous convictions for robbery and burglary.

Graham Parkin, for Islam, said the offence was motivated by his client’s addiction to class A drugs.

Jane Cooper, for Spencer, said the burglary was an opportunistic offence. They had not planned the break-in but decided to commit the offence when they realised the window was open.

Islam was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to take part in a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Spencer was made the subject of an 18-month community order.

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