Two men have been jailed for burgling a house in Warrington, stealing the car parked outside and fraudulently using a bank card that they had taken from the address.
Drug dealer Cole Kennedy, 20, and Derek Warburton, 28, both pleaded guilty to the offences.
Kennedy also admitted additional charges of possessing more than £1,000 worth of class A drugs crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply them and possessing a bladed article (a lock knife) in a public place.
The pair were sentenced for the offences at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 17 October.
Kennedy, of Brewster Street, Manchester, was ordered to serve five years and four months in a young offenders’ institute.
Warburton, of Scott Street, Warrington, was jailed for two years and 10 months.
The pair carried out the burglary in Gaskell Street, Stockton Heath, Warrington, in the early hours of Sunday 14 October 2018.
The occupier was asleep upstairs at the time.
Kennedy and Warburton stole his bank card and car as well as a small quantity of cash.
Later that morning they used his bank card to spend a total of around £70 in Manchester, at Shell garages on Oldham Road and Greengate and at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hurpurhey.
The car they stole was found burnt out in the Crumpsall area of Manchester the following Sunday.
CCTV footage showing Kennedy and Warburton in the stolen car buying food from the drive-through of the McDonald’s restaurant led to the pair being identified by the investigating officers.
Mobile phone analysis also linked the pair to the burglary and the subsequent fraudulent transactions.
As officers were investigating those crimes, Kennedy, who had been released on police bail, was seen in a parked car in Whitworth Close in Warrington at around 2.30pm on Thursday 1 August.
Believing the black BMW to have been involved in drug dealing in Warrington, officers searched the car.
They found and seized 98 wraps of crack cocaine, 16 wraps of heroin, a lock knife, £526 in cash and mobile phones.
The drugs seized are estimated to have a street value of £1,140.
Analysis of the mobile phones seized revealed drug related messages from known drug users.
Detective Sergeant Tom Hall, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “I would like to thank fellow detective Alison McLoughlin and all the officers involved in these cases for their hard work in securing the convictions.
“Kennedy and Warburton are both persistent offenders and I am delighted that they have now been sentenced for their crimes in Warrington.
“With the strength of the evidence we had against them, they had no choice but to plead guilty to the offences they have been sentenced for.
“The pair burgled a house whilst the occupier was home sleeping, and after stealing his car they fraudulently used his bank card on three occasions.
“Thankfully we were able to identify them from CCTV footage and we were also able to catch Kennedy in possession of a large quantity of class A drugs as he was in the process of selling them in Warrington as part of a county lines drug dealing gang.
“These gangs and their illegal drugs blight our towns and cities and cause untold damage to the lives of both people who get addicted to the drugs and the wider community who suffer from the resulting crime.
“Removing drug dealers and burglars from our streets is a constant goal and I hope the custodial sentences that Kennedy and Warburton have received deters others from committing such crimes.
“I also hope that the pair spend their time behind bars reflecting on the lives they have been leading and change their ways. They are both still young men, particularly Kennedy at only 20.”
On top of their custodial sentences, Kennedy and Warburton were each ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.