Leeds burglar caught selling stolen guitars

Barry Briggs.
Barry Briggs.
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A CAREER burglar is back in prison after he was caught trying to sell guitars which were stolen during a break-in at a house in Leeds.

Barry Briggs was caught on CCTV trying to sell the musical instruments at a Cash Converters store soon after the raid on the home on Wesley Street.

Briggs and his friend, Andrew McNicholas were arrested after the victim launched a Facebook appeal in a bid to get the stolen items returned.

Other instruments and electrical equipment had also been stolen during the break-in which took place while the victim was away on holiday.

The pair were seen offering the instruments for sale on April 14 this year.

Briggs also carried out a burglary three days later at a house on Armley Grange, Armley, and stole £750 worth of property including two TVs.

Briggs, 38, pleaded guilty to burglary and handling stolen goods. He asked the court to take eight further offences into consideration. including seven burglaries. The total value of the crime spree was estimated to be worth more than £5,000

He was jailed for four years, three months. The court heard he has served lengthy prison sentences for burglary and robbery offences.

McNicholas, 35, of Clyde Court Armley, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods. He was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Elyas Patel, for Briggs, said his client had a “raging and out of control” crack cocaine habit.

He said Briggs had returned to crime after he lost his job in the construction industry and his relationship with his wife broke down.

He added: “His marriage hit the rocks and, no pun intended, so did he.”

Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “You know you have a terrible record of offending.”