Two prolific career burglars who targeted homes in Leeds while out of prison on licence have been returned to jail.
Nathan Furnisse and Sean Iceton forced their way into a house on Park Drive, Wortley, on May 18 this year by breaking a lock at the rear of the property while the home owner was out.
A short time later they targeted the house next door as a mother was inside the property with her baby.
The pair damaged the door lock but did not enter and were seen walking out of the driveway by the woman. They also removed the bolt to a gate to reach the house.
At around 3.55pm the same day police spotted Iceton, 22, and Furnisse, 20, in a Ford Fiesta driving towards Pudsey.
Furnisse was driving the vehicle and sped off when officers signalled for him to pull over.
He weaved in and out of traffic but struck a kerb, causing a tyre to burst.
They fled the vehicle in Brunswick Street. The gate bolt was discovered in the car.
Andrew Horton, prosecuting, said Iceton was also responsible for a burglary at Wheelwright Close, Wortley, on February 10 this year.
He forced a door lock to get into the property before taking electrical equipment including and an iphone.
Iceton, of Raynville Road, Bramley, pleaded guilty to two offences of burglary and one of criminal damage. He was jailed for three years, four months.
Furnisse, of Cardigan Road, Leeds, pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal damage and dangerous driving. He was jailed for two years, five months.
Both men have lengthy criminal convictions and are ‘third strike’ burglars. Both were on licence at the time. Iceton committed the offences on Park Drive after being bailed by magistrates for the February offence.
Jailing them, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “As you both know, the courts are very concerned about the rate of burglaries in this city.
“The offences committed in this case are typical of the burglaries that often take place.”
Detective Inspector Mark Strother, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “These two men are prolific criminals, and Iceton in particular has an appallingly long record of offending.
“They are people who routinely put victims through the trauma of having their homes invaded and their property stolen and see it as a way of life.
“We hope the individuals and communities that have been affected by their behaviour will be reassured to see them brought to justice.
“Burglary remains a priority issue for the police in Leeds and every day officers are targeting offenders like these who think they can get away with preying on our communities.
“These latest convictions should illustrate the success that work is having and stand as a warning to others who think they can continue to commit these crimes without having to face the consequences.”