Burglar caught in the act gets six years in prison Date published: 1st November 2016 9.49am

A 40-year-old burglar was sentenced to six years in prison after being caught red handed by police.

On 20 October 2016, Nicholas Wilcock, from Dodds Drive, Connahs Quay, appeared at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced after admitting to two burglaries and asking for two further burglaries to be taken into consideration.

Wilcock was caught in the act on 19 September 2016.  At 9.45am a victim disturbed Wilcock in a property on Hermitage Road, Saughall, Chester after he had forced entry via a front window.  He fled the scene with jewellery and then forced entry to a house on Seahill Road, Saughall by smashing a side window.

DS Nick Henderson said: “A neighbour reported this and immediate police attendance resulted in Wilcock being detained in the house.

“Wilcock had only been out of prison for 6 weeks.”

The ensuing investigation led police to recover all the stolen property and Wilcock was subsequently charged with both offences and asked for a burglary in Hawarden, North Wales and Connah’s Quay, North Wales to be taken into consideration.  Both had been committed in the previous week.

DS Henderson said; “I’d like to thank the vigilant neighbours who spotted suspicious activity and called police. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have been able to get there in time to catch him in the act. Such community spirited people make it more difficult for those intent on committing crime, I’d urge everyone to be vigilant and call police on 101 when they spot suspicious activity in order to help us bring criminals to justice.”

DS Henderson added: “The victims will hopefully find some solace in the fact the man who violated their homes and took their possessions has been put behind bars and that their possessions were returned to them.”