Burglar spotted in car

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A FAMILY only discovered they had been burgled when police told them after spotting the culprit of the raid in their car.

Paul Maughan had managed to sneak into the property on Nethway Avenue in Layton through an insecure door while the family were in the house.

Maughan, 23, of Eaves Street, North Shore, stole money and keys to the Astra car before driving off.

He was described as a “three strikes burglar” in Preston Crown Court.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, told the court police on duty spotted the Astra car and stopped it. The car was traced to the burglary and the owners informed of the incident.

Maughan pleaded guilty to burglary and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

It was his third conviction for burglary so he faced a mandatory three-year jail sentence, less credit for his guilty plea.

Judge Andrew Woolman jailed Maughan, who had been recalled to prison for a previous offence of burglary, for a total of two years and 236 days.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and his licence endorsed.

The burglary happened on January 5 this year.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Maughan should be given credit for pleading guilty.

She said the home owners, who were in at the time of the burglary, were unaware of it and Maughan had only been in the house for a matter of minutes, which was revealed on CCTV.

She said: “He is a three strikes burglar, but not a prolific or professional burglar. ”