Sheffield thief found hiding in bed by police with stolen car parked outside

David Cawley
David Cawley

A criminal found hiding in a bed after committing two burglaries in 12 hours has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

David Cawley, aged 35, stole a car from one property in Shirecliffe and then took mobile phones and cash from another house in the same area in September last year.

He was chased off by a resident in the second house and found a short time later by police hiding in a bed in a house in Burngreave - with the stolen car parked outside.

Cawley, of Raisen Hall Road, Longley, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary at an earlier hearing.

He admitted burgling a property in Shirecliffe Lane, Shirecliffe, at around 10pm on September 11 last year.

He gained entry through an insecure side door, stealing keys for the occupant’s Toyota Yaris. He drove the car off the drive, waking the resident who called police.

At around 6am the following morning, Cawley broke into another property in Cookswood Road, Shirecliffe.

After gaining entry by breaking the back door, he stole a number of mobile phones and cash while the occupants slept.

One of the residents disturbed Cawley and chased him from the scene.

Officers began their enquiries in the local community, arresting Cawley shortly afterwards.

He had the stolen phones, cash and the keys to the Yaris in his possession. The car was also parked outside the property.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Hanson said: “Cawley is a well known offender who was out on license for similar crimes when he decided to commit further acts of burglary in Shirecliffe.

“A person’s home should be their sanctuary.

“Burglary is an invasive and distressing crime that often leaves victims feeling scared and nervous for a long time afterwards.

“A custodial sentence is nothing less than he deserves for the impact his crimes have had on the local community.”