Empty Rothwell home burglar jailed

A man has been jailed after admitting stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods from an empty house.

Craig Voss, 22, of Oxford Mews, Rothwell, pleaded guilty last week to breaking into a house in Spencer Street in the town in April this year.

The owners of the house were on a week’s holiday at the time and came back to discover their property had been raided in their absence.

After smashing a window with a hammer, Voss snatched goods which included 42-inch and 37-inch televisions — worth £650 and £400 respectively — a laptop, an iPad, an Xbox games console, a digital camera and two jewellery boxes.

Voss, who has 13 previous convictions dating back to 2008, was told by Recorder Oscar Del Fabbro at Northampton Crown Court that the burglary had been made worse by the fact that jewellery which was of sentimental value had not been returned.

Sentencing Voss to 10 months’ imprisonment, Mr Del Fabbro told Voss his crime had been “totally unacceptable”.

The judge added: “You can imagine the sense of loss and upset.

“You should take this opportunity to sort yourself out.”