A man from Warrington has been jailed for burgling a bungalow in the town and then fraudulently using a bank card that he had stolen from the address.
Dale Roberts, of Old Liverpool Road, pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud by false representation.
The 29-year-old was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 29 January. He was jailed for 31 months and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
The charges relate to an incident in the early hours of New Year’s Eve.
Shortly before 4am on Monday 31 December 2018 Roberts broke into a bungalow in Mullen Close while the occupants were asleep.
They were woken up by the sound of him leaving the property and discovered that an iPhone and a wallet had been stolen from their home.
The police were notified of the burglary and officers investigating the incident discovered that a bank card which was in the stolen wallet had been used to buy £30 worth of items at Tesco on Winwick Road.
They attended the supermarket, and after viewing CCTV footage of Roberts buying the items officers gave a description of him to the local authority employees controlling CCTV cameras in Warrington town centre.
The Warrington Borough Council employees subsequently located Roberts.
They notified the police and he was arrested at 5.15am – a little over an hour after he had broken into the bungalow.
Following Roberts’ sentencing, Detective Constable Vicky Hancox said: “Burglary is a serious offence in which victims are targeted in the place they should be able to feel most safe…their own home.
“Being the victim of a burglary is always a deeply upsetting experience and it is even more traumatic when it occurs while you are at home.
“Thankfully, due to the swift work of officers investigating the burglary and the local authority’s town centre CCTV operators, in this case the offender was quickly identified and arrested and is now facing the consequences of his actions.
“This is Roberts’ third burglary conviction. I am pleased that he is behind bars where he can no longer pose a threat to residents’ homes and I hope that the custodial sentence imposed by Liverpool Crown Court deters others from committing similar offences.”