Leeds teenager locked up over series of raids on businesses

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A teenager who carried out a series a burglaries at businesses in Leeds has been jailed for two years.

Kyle Venables, 19, committed each offence after being arrested and released on bail.

Leeds Crown Court heard Venables forced open fire doors to gain entry to Carousel Envelopes in Armley on May 8 this year.

Venables was arrested after his fingerprints were found at the scene but he refused to comment on the incident before being bailed on June 10.

Two weeks later he then forced his way in to Craftwork Upholstery, based at Premier house, Wortley.

He smashed a window, causing £160 worth of damage, before stealing three cordless drills worth £300.

Venables blood and DNA were found at the scene and he was arrested on July 20 this year.

He again refused to comment and was bailed before carrying out a burglary at Allied Machinery, Tong Road, on September 23.

Venables and other men were wearing gloves and balaclavas when they force their way into the premises.

Police were called to the scene and found Venables hiding inside a 1968 Porsche which was parked in a garage on the premises. The ignition lock to the vehicle was damaged but Venables told officers he was only inside the vehicle as he had been kicked out of his house by his mother and needed somewhere to sleep.

Venables, of Calremont Terrace, Armley, pleaded guilty to three offences of burglary. The court heard he has made 25 previous court appearances for 37 offences dating back to 2004.

Richard Reed, prosecuting, said Venables realised he would be facing a lengthy sentence and wanted to wipe the slate clean. Mr Reed said many of his offences were committed in order to buy cannabis.

Judge James Spencer QC, told Venables: “It seems to me that you are realistic and the only sentence available is detention in a young offenders’ institution.”

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