Man sentenced after admitting Chester burglaries Date published: 5th January 2017 9.58am

A burglar caught in the act by police officers has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

Michael Langton, 40, previously from Dawpool Close in Chester appeared at Chester Crown Court on 4 January 2017 to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, attempted burglary and going equipped at an earlier hearing.

Langton committed the offences between the evening of 29 November 2016 and early hours of 30 November in the Chester area. At each burglary the occupants were home and their home secure.

However, he was stopped in his tracks on the morning of 30 November when an officer on patrol spotted him acting suspiciously and tried to speak to him.

He tried to make off on foot as other patrols arrived and was caught by one of the officers. Another officer recovered tools from a driveway and Langton was arrested for going equipped and eventually charged with other offences following an investigation by Chester detectives.

DC Andrea Ellis said: “Langton didn’t care whether the occupants were in and forced his way into the three properties. He even made three unsuccessful attempts to break into one of the addresses leaving glass strewn across the rooms he tried to enter.

“People should feel safe in their homes, and knowing that someone has forced their way in, while you were present can have a profound effect. Langton’s actions have left the victims angry and violated. I sincerely hope Langton realises the effect of his actions.”