Serial thief is caught in attic

Ciaron Lonsdale

Ciaron Lonsdale

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A SERIAL thief who went on the run from police is behind bars after he was discovered hiding out in an attic.

Ciaron Lonsdale broke into nine cars in just one night last month – and then evaded capture from police.

But officers finally tracked the 21-year-old down on Sunday, arresting him after he was discovered hiding out in the attic of a Bispham house.

And Lonsdale – who was also wanted for failing to attend court twice – has now been jailed for a total of 32 weeks at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court after he admitted stealing a car.

He asked for 13 other offences to be taken into 
consideration.

Insp Jason Richardson, of Blackpool Police, said: “We detained him on Sunday as a result of some local intelligence and a number of police inquiries.

“An officer pieced the information together and we found him at an address in Bispham.

“We were having a pattern of offending prior to his arrest which we’ve not seen since, and I’m pleased we’ve found justice for those victims of crime.”

The offences Lonsdale asked to be taken into consideration all related to stealing items from motor vehicles, mostly tools.

And nine of the crimes took place in just one day, on January 4, when Lonsdale broke into two vehicles on Winslow Avenue, Poulton, vehicles on Saville Avenue, Greenheys Avenue and Lawnswood Avenue, all in Poulton, as well as on Brookfield Road in Thornton, two vehicles on Sandpiper Close, Blackpool, and one on Staining Road, Blackpool.

The night before he stole from St James Road, Blackpool, and back in December he also stole from vehicles at the Green Roofing Unit, on Amy Johnson Way, South Shore, Paul Green Period Mouldings on Albert Street, St Annes and Airedale Avenue, in Blackpool.

Lonsdale was wanted after failing to attend magistrates’ court both in Blackpool and in Pontefract where he was due to appear over the theft of a gaming machine. He pleaded guilty to both those offences.