POLICE are warning would-be burglars they are the subject of a crackdown that could see them serving a lengthy prison sentence.
Detective Sergeant Mike Ankers of the Western Proactive Policing Team said: “We want burglars to know they will not be getting away with it. The Proactive Policing Team is committed to catching those people who cause upset and misery to residents by breaking in to homes.
“We are working with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that these criminals are dealt with by the courts.”
DS Ankers and his team have already seen successes in the courts after a 39-year-old man from Ellesmere Port was sentenced to six years in prison after he was convicted of three counts of house burglaries in March. He was also convicted of 30 similar offences committed between September 2008 and March 2009.
Last week another 39-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a house in Chester, assaulting the 81-year-old resident and stealing a wallet, money and jewellery.
DS Ankers said: “Cases like these show how seriously the courts take these types of offences and I hope they serve as a warning to would-be criminals.”