Charity shop burglar jailed for nearly four years Date published: 31st July 2018 12.24pm

A burglar who stole money from a charity shop in Widnes has been jailed for nearly four years.

Wayne Chadburn, of Victoria Road, Widnes, committed four burglaries in the town over a 10-day period.

The 48-year-old broke into Holland & Barrett on Albert Road twice, on Sunday 18 February and Wednesday 28 February. On the first occasion nothing was taken but on the second Chadburn stole a quantity of stock.

Between 5.30pm on Tuesday 27 February and 8am on Wednesday 28 February Chadburn broke into a charity shop in the town centre. After ransacking the British Heart Foundation store in Albert Square Shopping Centre he stole a charity box containing cash as well as cameras and jewellery.

On the same night Chadburn also burgled a house as the homeowners slept in Frederick Street, stealing a quantity of cash and a number of items, including electrical devices and bank cards.

He then used the bank cards to fraudulently buy items from Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets in the town.

Chadburn was arrested after CCTV footage showed him trying to use the stolen cards at Asda.

Following his arrest a search warrant was executed at a property Chadburn had keys for and was believed to be staying at. During the search officers found items linking him to the burglary on Frederick Street as well as the British Heart Foundation burglary.

Traces of Chadburn’s DNA were found following the two Holland & Barrett burglaries.

Chadburn pleaded guilty to the four burglaries and five counts of fraud.

He was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 25 July.

Chadburn was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Detective Constable Michael Higgins said: “We are pleased that Chadburn is now behind bars and hope that this acts as a deterrent to others thinking of committing similar offences.

“All burglaries are serious offences in which people are targeted in places they should be able to feel most safe – in their own homes or where they work.

“But what makes Chadburn’s offending particularly deplorable is that he targeted a charity shop and also burgled a house while the homeowners were inside.

“We hope the fact that Chadburn will be in prison for the foreseeable future paying for his crimes provides some closure for his victims.”