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Burglars’ jail terms welcomed
3:20pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
POLICE have welcomed jail sentences for two Crewe burglars who broke into an empty home in north Shropshire, where they stole a sword and machete.
Jason Anthony Vernon, 33, of Timbrell Avenue and William Eric Steele, 30, of Davenham Crescent, were sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court on October 10.
Vernon was given a three year sentence, while Steele was jailed for 12 months.
The pair admitted burgling the empty cottage, near Woodseavers, on May 13.
They were arrested near Market Drayton swimming pool on Phoenix Bank when police officers spotted their vehicle acting suspiciously.
Various items were found inside the car, including the stolen weapons.
Version was also dealt with for 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: “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 intent on committing crime.
“They were arrested after being spotted acting suspiciously, thanks to the vigilance of police officers in Market Drayton.”