Christmas present thieves jailed

Three thieves who stole presents from underneath Christmas trees as they made their way from Derby to Birmingham have been jailed.

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Three men who stole children's presents from underneath Christmas trees in the West Midlands, have been dubbed 'anti-Santas' by police.

In total, three homes were targeted in Fazeley, Burton-on-Trent and Sutton Coldfield, before they led police on a pursuit in Birmingham.

The trio, who were found with gifts stuffed in bedsheets, are now spending 'many Christmases in prison', said police.

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Thieves who stole children's presents will spend 'many Christmases behind bars'

Trio who broke in to homes in Fazeley, Burton-on-Trent and Sutton Coldfield Credit: West Midlands Police

Three men who stole wrapped presents from Christmas trees in homes across the West Midlands, have been jailed for a combined total of more than 11 years.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Darren Hackett, of Pool Farm Road in Acocks Green, was jailed for five years whilst Francis Gilsenan (28), of no fixed address, and Daniel Sheridan (20) from Tyseley Lane in Tyseley were handed sentences of three years and two months.

West Midlands Police Detective Sergeant Nick Barnes, said: “These were particularly cruel crimes: they stole Christmas presents like games consoles that were clearly destined for young children. They’ll now be spending several Christmases behind bars."

Thieves jailed for stealing children's Christmas presents

The van was found with children's presents wrapped up ready for Christmas Day. Credit: West Midlands Police

Three thieves who stole children's presents from underneath Christmas trees in a three hour road-trip from Derby to the West Midlands, have been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court.

The trio broke into three properties in Burton-on-Trent, Fazeley and Sutton Coldfield before police stopped the van near Birmingham Airport using a stinger, following a pursuit.

They were yesterday sentenced for a combined total of more than 11 years for their string of thefts on December 8.