TWO Burnley burglars are behind bars following a crackdown on burglary in the town.
Michael Pinder (28), of Cog Lane, was jailed for three years for burglary and John Williams (20) of Elizabeth Street, for seven years and four months for robbery.
The pair were sentenced at Burnley Crown Court along with six other men, all arrested as a result of Operation Julius and altogether jailed for a total of 22 years.
Police made 83 arrests during the operation while more than £4,500 worth of stolen property along with 16 vehicles were seized, five search warrants were executed and 284 burglary suspects were spoken to.
Chief Insp. Russ Procter said: “We know the negative impact burglary can have, not only on victims but on the wider community. This campaign was about focusing our activities on those people who persistently commit burglary so we can reduce even further the number of victims affected by these crimes
“I hope that it is reassuring to local residents that these burglars are now off the streets.
“We will continue to actively pursue anyone we suspect to be involved in burglary and I hope this sends a clear message that we will find those responsible for these crimes and seek to bring them to justice.”
Action during Operation Julius included identifying Lancashire’s top burglary offenders, and executing warrants and providing high visibility police patrols in burglary hot spot areas.
Officers used a range of overt and covert tactics to tackle suspected offenders, some of which involved filming them to prevent burglaries, and issuing warning letters designed to warn burglars against committing crime.