Three men were sentenced to 62 months imprisonment for targeting and attempting to steal £1700 of Asian Gold jewellery from a Hendon home.
Concerned witnesses alerted police when Joseph Cawley, 23, Michael Connors, 41, and Patrick Moorehouse, 30, aroused suspicion by exiting a car on Fuller Street with baseball bats.
They looked around the house perimeter before using the bats to break into the house on May 9.
As police arrived, all three men were still inside and upon hearing the police attempted to escape through the rear window and front door.
The police blocked both their exits and after a brief struggle with a shovel and bats failed to evade the officers and in a panic ran upstairs with their hands’ full of the owners’ jewellery.
The three men then climbed out of the rear window and onto a plastic roof where they fell through and tried to make good their escape in the owners’ garden.
All three men were detained and some of the jewellery was recovered and returned to the concerned and upset owner of the property.
Cawley, of Leighton Buzzard, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for burglary and a six month driving disqualification at Wood Green Crown Court on July 7.
Connors, of Stoke-On-Trent, was sentenced to 22months imprisonment for burglary and a six month driving disqualification as Moorehouse, of Northampton, received 20 months imprisonment for burglary and also a six month disqualification from driving.
DC Mike Paton of the Barnet Serious Acquisitive Crime Unit said “Thanks to the prompt call by nearby witnesses we were able to get there quickly and catch all three in the act.
“I give credit to the bravery of the officers attending this incident as they where attacked by the suspects in a bid to escape.
“The owner had only been out of her home for a short while and was upset to see the damage done to her home in such a short period of time.
“I am glad we were able to return to her those treasured items of jewellery that have both financial and sentimental value”.