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Barnsley Thieves Jailed After B&Q Thefts

Thursday January 2 2014

A GANG of Barnsley thieves who masterminded an operation to steal thousands of pounds worth of DIY goods from stores across the north have been jailed.

Peter Nathaniel Wild, Ian Parkin and Michael Kitching carried out their thefts at branches of B&Q over a period of several months.

Almost £15,000 of electrical goods and DIY equipment were taken.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the trio would start by selecting a store, getting a trolley and filling it with items.

They would then wheel them into the store's garden section - located outside the main building - and hide the equipment among the goods there, but near the security fence.

After leaving the store, they would return at night, cut a hole in the fence and make off with expensive items.

Their time was up when the men were caught by police in July when they were found driving around Barnsley in a car containing balaclavas, bolt croppers and bags of B&Q goods.

Wild, 39, of Brockfield Close, Worsbrough, Parkin, 33, of Bank End Avenue, Worsbrough, and Kitching, 42, of Hilltop, Brierley, admitted conspiracy to steal.

Wild also asked for five other offences of theft to be taken into consideration.

Jailing each for two years, Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: "This was well-organised, group gang activity."