Jewellery thief jailed after police trace cloned number plates

A Jewellery thief who was caught out by ‘cloned car’ is sentenced after stealing £20,000 worth of goods from across Sheffield.

Anthony Wragg, 34, who stole £20,000 of jewellery including a pendant which belonged to the late mother of one of the victims, has been sentenced.

On Friday 11th December, Wragg targeted a property on Newcroft Close, Sheffield, waiting outside for the occupants to leave before breaking in and searching the property.

CCTV managed to capture images of Wragg arriving at the scene, waiting outside the property and leaving with a rucksack full of stolen items.

Acting Detective Sergeant Dean Craik from Sheffield’s dedicated burglary team said: “I am really pleased that we were able to recover the items of jewellery, especially the pendant which was irreplaceable given its significant emotional value.”

Wragg was picked up by police in Rotherham who traced him using his cloned number plates.

Upon searching the car, officers found a jewellery box containing many of the items from the Sheffield burglary.

Wragg, who pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing, has been given three years and four months in jail after appearing in front of Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday.

Police went on to search two properties connected to Wragg where they were able to recover items of clothing and the rucksack seen on CCTV as well as four expensive bicycles linked to another robbery from October 2020.

Written by Harvey Broad

Hi, I'm Harvey and I'm a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield. I love football which is unfortunate because I'm an Arsenal fan. I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sport and I'm a big music fan, both playing and listening.

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Written by Harvey Broad

Hi, I'm Harvey and I'm a trainee journalist at the University of Sheffield. I love football which is unfortunate because I'm an Arsenal fan. I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sport and I'm a big music fan, both playing and listening.
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