Belle Isle burglar couple caught on camera carrying 50-inch TVs out of next-door neighbor’s apartment
Alan Gibbs and Debbie Bates were arrested after CCTV footage showed them carrying items out of the Belle Isle apartment.
Leeds Crown Court heard Bates had lived next door to the 65-year-old victim for several years and had previously cooked for her when she was ill.
The court heard the couple targeted the property on Dolphin Road, Belle Isle, as they knew the woman often left her door unlocked.
Camera footage from another property across the street showed Gibbs and Bates going in and out of the victim’s home between 4am and 6.30am on October 28 last year.
The victim was awakened by the barking of his dog, saw Gibbs coming down his stairs and shouted “Oi!”
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She then went to her living room and saw that her 50-inch television was missing.
Her purse, containing bank cards and cash, was also stolen.
Police were called and attended Bates’ flat after the couple were identified from the footage.
She opened the door and let the agents enter.
Bates became aggressive when the defendants learned they were under arrest.
While handcuffed, Gibbs told one of the officers, “I’m going to headbutt you to death.”
He managed to kick her in the head during a fight and tried to spit on her.
The stolen television was found hidden behind a sofa in the property.
Bates initially denied any wrongdoing. She claimed to have left at 4 a.m. but said she had not entered the victim’s garden or entered his property.
She also claimed to have found the television.
Bates, 51, of Dolphin Road, pleaded guilty to burglary
Gibbs, 50, of West Grange Close, Belle Isle, pleaded guilty to burglary and assault on a rescue worker.
The court heard the defendants had been together for about 12 months before the offense and were using drugs, but the relationship is now over.
Gibbs was described as a long-term heroin user who served prison terms for offenses in the past.
He was imprisoned for 29 months.
Bates was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to perform 20 days of rehabilitative activity and served with an electronically marked curfew order for six months.
During sentencing, the judge, Recorder Taryn Turner, said: “She was unfortunately targeted because of her age and there was a degree of planning and organization involved.
“CCTV footage shows that each of you played an active role.
“In other words, you were each in it together”
Recorder Turner told Bates, “You fully committed yourself to this wicked offense against your neighbor. You fell under the spell of your co-defendant.”