Sprotbrough crime spree burglar jailed


A man has been jailed for more than three years following a crime spree which involved ramming a stolen car into a police patrol car.

Mark Anthony Corbett, 30, of Goldthorpe, stole a BMW car worth £12,000 and its keys from a home at Ambleside Crescent early on October 30.

His partner in crime, who drove the car, rammed it into the police car driven by PC Paul Greaves before fleeing the area.

Nobody was hurt but Corbett, of Probert Avenue, was detained. He was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday morning having pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated taking without lawful authority.

He also asked for a further eight offences to be taken into consideration, which included five attempted house burglaries and three thefts from motor vehicles, all in Sprotbrough during the same night.

Corbett was sentenced to three years in prison for the Ambleside Crescent burglary and eight months for the aggravated taking without lawful authority charge, to run consecutively.

Corbett must also serve a 12-month driving ban from the date of his release.

Sentencing, Judge Robert Moore QC said: “Scarcely a week goes by without me hearing about a burglary where a vehicle has been taken and this was a targeted expedition on this night.

“You are a serial taker of other people’s cars and must be sentenced severely.”

Afterwards, Det Sgt Paul Dickinson of South Yorkshire Police said: “Special thanks go to the residents of Sprotbrough, who were quick to contact us and report the crimes committed by this man on the night in question.

“That’s why so many resources were deployed in the area. Without people’s assistance these crimes may never have been solved.”