Sheffield burglar jailed for stealing two cars

A Sheffield burglar has been sentenced to two years and five months in prison.

Last month South Yorkshire Police had issued an appeal to help find 25-year-old Ashley Gibson and he has now been caught.

Gibson, previously of Edge Well Crescent, Fox Hill, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after he admitted burglary, two counts of motor vehicle theft and fraud.

He appeared by video link from HMP Doncaster prison.

The court heard how he broke in to a property in Sheffield between the 4th and 5th July last year through an unlocked back door, while two residents were sleeping in the home.

He took two vehicles, and drove one without valid insurance, as well as other items including an expensive watch.

Prosecutor Amy Earnshaw said one of the vehicles had “sustained quite a lot of damage.”

The court was told Gibson has 16 previous convictions for 29 offences, including two previous convictions for burglary.

Ms Earnshaw spoke of Gibson’s previous anti-social behaviour and said residents of the Fox Hill area find him “very intimidating”.

Defending, Richard Adams said Gibson has three young children and wants to fight for his family back.

Mr Recorder Gateshill also gave Gibson a criminal behaviour order, banning him from the Fox Hill area for five years.

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