Jail for Burnley TV thief lured to police by passers-by

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A HOUSE raider’s attempts to recruit two passers-by to help him sell a stolen £1,000 television backfired when they called police, a court head.

Daniel Foley (20) had tried to sell the 50-inch plasma to one of the two women, who knew him, but she refused to buy it. He then asked for a lift to Padiham to try and raise cash from his haul and she agreed, tricking him into thinking she was lending a hand.

But, unbeknown to Foley, police had been alerted, the woman’s friend gave officers a running commentary on the whereabouts of the vehicle by text message and he was soon arrested, Burnley Crown Court was told. Foley, who was subject to a suspended jail term, had stolen the TV after targeting a secluded farmhouse with another man. He denied involvement when quizzed by police and made no comment when questioned. His fingerprints were on the television. The defendant, of Gannow Lane, Burnley, admitted burglary and was jailed for 20 months by Judge Jonathan Gibson, who said of the women: “They are to be commended for what they did.”