Police Welcome Jail Sentence For Shropshire Burglars
Jason Anthony Vernon (33), of Timbrell Avenue, Crewe and William Eric Steele (30), of Davenham Crescent, Crewe, were sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday.
Vernon was given a three year sentence and Steele was jailed for 12 months. They admitted burgling an empty cottage in north Shropshire, near Woodseaves, on May 13, stealing a sword and machete.
They were arrested near Market Drayton swimming pool on Phoenix Bank when police officers spotted their vehicle acting suspiciously. Various items were found inside, including the weapons.
Vernon was also dealt with yesterday on three further charges on May 13 - going equipped for theft having gloves, torches, screwdrivers and a stethoscope; possessing a weapon in a public place, namely a sword; and a similar charge involving a machete. He admitted the offences.
Detective Sergeant Andy Chatting, one of the investigating officers, said today: "We are pleased with the sentences imposed. It sends out a clear message that people who break into homes and other property are likely to end up in prison.
"These two offenders had travelled into Shropshire from their Cheshire home area intent on committing crime. They were arrested after being spotted acting suspiciously, thanks to the vigilance of Local Police officers in Market Drayton."
Det Sgt Chatting said police in Shropshire were determined to bring burglars to court. "West Mercia Police is currently running Citadel, a force-wide initiative aimed at reducing the number of burglars and increasing detections.
"Tackling burglary, especially when it involves breaking into people's homes, continues to be one of our top priorities," he added.