TWO burglars who targeted an affluence property in Wyre were caught by a police stop-check before the victim had even discovered the break-in.
Joshua Meighan and Jack Hunter have together been jailed for more than three years after stealing around £3,000 of personal possessions, including computer equipment and jewellery, from a property in Kentmere, St Michael’s on Wyre.
The pair had travelled from Merseyside to carry out the break-in but were stopped and arrested by police in Windy Harbour as they tried to make their way back in June this year.
Meighan, 22, of Corner Brook, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to one year in prison at Preston Crown Court.
Hunter, 18, of Downgreen Close, Kirkby, was found guilty after trial and was jailed for two years.
The judge also ordered the forfeiture of the car used by the pair.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Con Steve Craig, of Wyre CID, said: “Thanks to an efficient stop check of their car by officers, Hunter and Meighan were arrested before the break-in had even been discovered by the victim.
“The pair had ransacked the house and taken personal possessions, which caused the victim a great deal of distress.
“Both Hunter and Meighan have lost their freedom and this should serve as a warning to other criminals who are thinking of travelling to Lancashire to carry out burglaries - we are waiting for you and will do everything we can to put you behind bars.”