TWO prolific criminals who were arrested within hours of breaking into a house in Ellesmere Port are behind bars.
At Chester Crown Court on Tuesday, May 3, Mark Shaw, 41, and Shaun Meadows, 22, both admitted committing a burglary at Underwood Drive, Ellesmere Port, on February 15, stealing an iPod, an iPhone, two watches and a digital camera.
Shaw was sentenced to three and a half-years in prison and Meadows was given a three-year sentence.
Both men were living at Alnwick Drive, Ellesmere Port, at the time of the offence.
Detective constable Graeme Carvell said: “The offenders were searching the upstairs of the house when the occupier came home.
“They climbed through a bedroom window and made off over neighbouring gardens.
“Police officers responded very quickly, identified Shaw and arrested him a few streets away.
“Meadows dropped his mobile phone at the scene. He was traced and arrested the same evening.
“Both of these men have long criminal records, mainly for burglary.
“It is an offence we, and the courts, take seriously. The sentences reflect that.
“At the time of this offence they were both on licence from prison and will have to complete their previous sentences in addition to the ones imposed by the court.
“This prosecution has taken two prolific criminals off the streets for some time.”