THREE burglars were caught on camera carrying a fridge freezer down the street as they stripped a Leeds house bare while the occupier was away for the weekend.
The trio of crooks systematically ransacked every room of the property in Leeds, stealing electrical items, domestic appliances, a dining table, chairs and other furniture.
The men arranged for a van to remove some of the items after managing to get hold of a key to the house on Recreation Terrace, Holbeck.
Sean Riley, David Parsons and Derek Goodwin were arrested after quality CCTV footage was found which clearly identified them as they carried the fridge freezer out of the property. Leeds Crown Court heard a suspicious police community support officer stopped them in the street with the appliance at 10pm and took their names.
The woman who lived at the property left her home locked before being away for the weekend on April 17 this year.
When she returned she went inside to a scene of “utter devastation”.
The victim was left extremely distressed after every room had been ransacked. Jewellery and other valuables had also been taken.
Riley was on bail at the time of the fridge freezer incident - for stealing ice cream.
The 35-year-old was detained by staff in the Morrison’s store in Hunslet, Leeds, after being spotted putting tubs of ice cream up his jumper.
He denied doing anything wrong but the goods began to melt in the heat of the security office and wet patches began to appear on his clothing. When Riley was arrested at his home on Upper Woodview Place, Beeston police found him hiding under cushions in his basement and he asked officers if he could finish his beer before being taken to the police station.
He pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for two years
Goodwin, 40, of Domestic Street, Holbeck, admitted burglary and was jailed for two years. Parsons, 39, of Queensway, Garforth, admitted the offence and was jailed for two years, eight months.
Lawyers for the men said the offence was linked to drug and alcohol problems.
Jailing the men, Recorder Caroline Wigin said: “Entry had been made by means of a key which indicates a high levels of planning.
“A van had been used which again indicates premeditation.
“The house was effectively left bare.”