Burglars stole dog whilst terrified boy cowered in cupboard
A TERRIFIED boy cowered in a cupboard while four burglars stole a Staffordshire bull terrier in revenge for the dog’s owner refusing to sell it.
The intruders – who included a 16-year-old – took the dog away, and it was later found at one of their homes, a court heard.
Matthew Measures, 19, of Gilbey Road, his brother Liam Measures, 20, also of Gilbey Road, and accomplices Liam Williams, 18, of Chelmsford Avenue, and Corey Ford, 16, of Selbourne Road, all in Grimsby, admitted burglary on August 10.
Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Michelle Britcliffe had been in a relationship with Stuart Webster, who gave her a Staffordshire bull terrier dog.
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Matthew Measures offered to buy it from her but she refused to sell it to him.
She left her home in Gilbey Road, but her ten-year-old son was there with a 15-year-old babysitter.
The youngster later telephoned the police after discovering that intruders were trying to break in.
The Measures brothers and Ford forced their way in through the back door. Williams claimed he was the lookout.
The youngster, terrified, hid upstairs in a cupboard and he later discovered that the dog had been taken.
The house was later broken into again overnight and a CD player and a DVD player were taken.
The dog was later found at the home of Matthew Measures.
Miss Britcliffe later said she had to move from her home because of the break-in and her son had been suffering nightmares.
Matthew Measures, a third-strike burglar also admitted handling a stolen stereo and printer keyboard between August 9 and 16. He was jailed for three years.
Liam Measures was locked up for two years and three months and Williams was sent down for two years.
Ford was given a six-month detention and training order and a three-year antisocial behaviour order.