A man from Ellesmere Port has been jailed for carrying out burglaries at three homes in the town.
Wayne Boardman, of Alnwick Drive, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and was sentenced for the offences at Chester Crown Court today, Tuesday 4 June.
The 50-year-old was handed a prison sentence of four-and-a-half years and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
The burglary offences were committed in Sycamore Drive on Saturday 1 December and in Joan Bartlett Close and Tryfan Way on Friday 23 November.
Boardman stole a purse from the address in Sycamore Drive after sneaking in via the front door.
He was seen leaving the property by the homeowner and told her that he had ‘come into the wrong house’.
Boardman also sneaked into the properties in Joan Bartlett Close and Tryfan Way, via a kitchen window and the front door respectively.
He did not steal anything from either address.
Boardman was disturbed by the occupiers in Tryfan Way and did not to steal anything from the property in Joan Bartlett Close having conducted an untidy search whilst the homeowner was out.
Detectives investigating the three burglaries collected a catalogue of evidence against Boardman, including CCTV footage of him wearing the same clothes when committing the offences as he had on when he set off to the address from the bail hostel he was staying at.
The evidence collected linked him to all three burglaries.
Detective Constable Stuart Wood, of Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit, said: “I welcome the custodial sentence that has been handed to Boardman and I hope that it acts as a deterrent to others thinking of committing similar offences.
“Boardman originally denied being the man responsible for the three burglary offences, but when he was presented with all the evidence he did a U-turn and pleaded guilty to them.
“Burglary is a serious offence in which people are targeted in their own homes, which is the place they should be able to feel most safe, and Boardman is a persistent offender, with numerous convictions for burglary offences over a 35-year criminal career.
“I am pleased that he is now behind bars, where he can no longer pose a threat to homes in Ellesmere Port, and I hope this case reassures residents that we will take stern action against those who cause misery to our local communities.
“I would like to thank all the officers and staff involved in the investigation for all their hard work in securing this conviction.
“I would also like to thank all of the victims in this case for the information they provided. Without their support this conviction would not have been possible.”
To report a burglary call Cheshire Constabulary on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.