Leeds burglar who struck too close to home jailed

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A prolific burglar who raided his neighbour’s flat in Leeds has been jailed for four years.

Peter Whitley, 27, stripped the flat above his in Broadlea Oval, Bramley, of electrical items, personal belongings and even baby products.

Whitley denied committing the burglary but was convicted by a Leeds Crown Court jury.

Officers from North West Leeds Division integrated offender management team – which monitors known prolific offenders – visited his flat and found him hiding under the floorboards.

Det Constable Dave James, from the team, said: “This sentence is excellent news for the police and the residents of Bramley.

“Whitley is a prolific offender and I have no doubt that if he remained at large he would continue to commit crime and cause misery for the Bramley community. It is genuinely pleasing to see him receive such a lengthy sentence and we hope it will act as a warning to other offenders who are on our radar.”

The team’s work focuses on targeting prolific offenders.

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