Burnley burglars are caught red-handed

Allan McKenzie
Allan McKenzie

Two burglars caught as they intently examined a stolen haul carried away in bin bags have been jailed.

Both Wayne Roberts and Allan McKenzie had long criminal records involving burglary, theft and dishonesty.

Wayne Roberts

Wayne Roberts

Roberts (32), of Dalton Street, Burnley, was jailed for 3 years and 4 months, with 12 months concurrent for theft of a car.

He admitted attempted burglary on at a house in Rosehill Road and burglary on at a house on Coal Clough Lane.

He admitted a third burglary, carried out hours later, on May 3rd, in Coal Clough Lane.

His co-accused, Allan McKenzie (55), of Irwell Street, Burnley, was jailed for 2 years and 6 months, with 12 months concurrent for theft of a car after pleading guilty to that offence.

Miss Amanda Johnson (prosecuting) said the Renault Megane stolen when the pair burgled the house in Coal Clough Lane in the early hours of the morning was found at Mill Hill Lane Hapton after it was traced with a police number plate recognition system.

A footpath led to the woods, and the thieves were discovered rummaging through the bags on the other side of a wall where the path ended.

Sentencing, Recorder Mr Andrew Thomas said the offences were serious because people were at home in bed when they were broken into, and that it takes months, if not years, for people to recover from being burgled.

Mr Richard Taylor (for Roberts) said he had been a heroin addict from being 14, when his criminal life began. Mr Bob Elias, (for McKenzie) had a long record for dishonesty, but was not intuitively a burglar.