Burglars caught in the act jailed

Donald Braebaum and Peter Bandy admitted burgling a North Shore home.
Donald Braebaum and Peter Bandy admitted burgling a North Shore home.
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Two burglars have been jailed after they were caught red-handed causing hundreds of pounds of damage to a Blackpool home.

The pair did not manage to steal anything, but smashed a window to get into the house in Wynwood Avenue, North Shore, and caused damage to the bathroom ceiling, where a foot went through.

Peter Bandy, 36, of Regents Road, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal and was sentenced to 22 months behind bars at Preston Crown Court.

He had been convicted in his absence of another charge of burglary and one of handling stolen goods.

Donald Braebaum, 53, of no fixed address – who had previously served a 20-year jail term for conspiracy to murder – also admitted the crime and was jailed for 18 months.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said the joint burglary had taken place on July 23. The occupant was out at the time, but was alerted by his alarm system at around 1.30am.

He drove home and heard noises coming from inside. Neighbours told him they had called the police.

Bandy was caught hiding in the bedroom and Braebaum was found in the back garden.

In Bandy’s other burglary offence, he targeted another building on Regents Road, which was being converted into flats. Builders were working at the site in April and police were called after neighbours saw two men acting suspiciously and heard a smashing noise.

Bandy was found hiding behind a water tank. Another man was discovered inside the tank.

A radiator had been pulled from a kitchen wall and copper pipes removed from a kitchen sink.

Braebaum’s barrister, Richard Haworth, said Braebaum had kept out of trouble since his release from prison in October 2009, until the burglary.

Mr Haworth said at the time, Braebaum had lost his job and was effectively homeless.

Chris Hudson, for Bandy, said drug addiction was his root problem and had been costing him £50 a day.

He said: “The defendant is realistic there can only be a custodial sentence. While in custody, he tested negative for drugs. He is demonstrating a willingness to try to free himself from drugs.”