Bricklayer robbed Leeds building site and stole more than £ 4,000 of tools

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Daniel Sutcliffe targeted a home being renovated on Cemetery Road in Yeadon.

Leeds Crown Court heard workers leaving the site on the evening of July 13 last year and when they returned the next morning they found the garage door open and hanging from its tracks.

Wooden planks had also been torn off and a crowbar was on the ground nearby.

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The stolen items included boxes of tools and drills, saws and a radio.

Sutcliffe also removed a central heating boiler worth £ 1,500 from the property, but it was found nearby.

The accused’s DNA was recovered from the scene and he was arrested.

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Sutcliffe denied being the burglar, saying he worked at the site.

An Adidas trainer found at his home had a print pattern that matched the one recovered from the scene.

A toolbox and a radio were also found in his house.

He was charged with burglary but was again arrested after failing to appear in court.

Sutcliffe, 33, of Southgate Apartments, Bradford, pleaded guilty to burglary and failing to appear in court.

He has already been convicted of theft and trespassing on a railway line.

Daniel Ingham, mitigating, said Sutcliffe was a mason but had struggled to find work during the pandemic.

He also had to pay the people who worked for him and who committed the offense due to financial problems.

Probation officer Malcom Brown told the court: “He says he was very stupid and made the decision to commit the offense after driving past the site.”

Sutcliffe was sentenced to nine months in prison with a 12-month conditional sentence.

He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid labor and was subject to an electronically tagged curfew for four weeks.

On conviction, recorder Nicholas Lumley QC said: “You are causing these builders to suffer considerable inconvenience and expense.

“You have turned against people like you who work hard to pay for tools like this to feed themselves and their families.”

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