A TEAM of burglars are all doing time after breaking into a Leamington house and stealing expensive watches worth more than £5,000.
Brothers Liam and Kieran Timms and three-strikes burglar Michael Peal pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to burgling the house in Southway, in May.
Peal, 21, of Hillmorton Road, Coventry, who also admitted an earlier burglary at a house in Bulkington and being carried in a car taken without consent, was jailed for three years.
Liam Timms, 21, of Leycester Close, Harbury, and Kieran Timms, 22, of Webster Avenue, Kenilworth, who was not in court after refusing to leave his cell, were both jailed for 26 months.
In addition they were all ordered to pay a compulsory criminal court charge of £900 and a victim surcharge of £120 within two years.
Prosecutor Lee Egan said on May 12 the owner of the house was at work when he was alerted by his alarm system to the fact that his home was being burgled.
He returned to find six watches worth a total of up to £5,150 had been stolen.
Fortunately the house had been fitted with security cameras following an earlier burglary.
Mr Egan said the family were left distressed by the burglary – and have since moved following a third break-in.
Mr Egan added Peal, despite being a third strike burglar, was on bail at the time for an earlier burglary in Bulkington, where a £2,000 engagement ring, six watches, a laptop computer, and a doctor’s bag including a stethoscope were stolen, together with car keys, one of which was used to take a Toyota Yaris from outside.
Amy Jacobs, for Peal, said he knew he was going to get a sentence of at least 29 months, even after being given credit for his guilty pleas.
Amy Jackson, for Liam Timms, said as a result of their association with another person, there had been a threat to the brothers’ lives.
And Benedict Galetti, for Kieran, said that was supported by the fact police had given them both a formal notice that they were in danger.