Two men who committed two separate burglaries in Warrington have been jailed.
Steven Wilson, aged 37, of Lincoln Close in Woolston was sentenced to three years and six months on Monday 17 June after pleading guilty to a burglary on Hepherd Street.
It was on the 13 December 2018 that Wilson woke the occupants of the address as he banged on the front door and threw things at the window.
He forced his way into the house through the front door and could be heard by the couple inside searching cupboards and struggling to open their kitchen door.
One of the occupants could hear their dog crying and yelping downstairs and went to check on it.
They then saw Wilson running out of the house into the back garden with items of clothing he had stolen from them.
Wilson was spotted by an officer jumping over a fence and with assistance from National Police Air Support he was caught by a police dog as he attempted to hide behind a shed nearby.
Meanwhile Cailen Smith, aged 19, of Wendover Road in Manchester will serve two years and two months after pleading guilty to burglary and attempted burglary.
On 6 May 2019 Smith broke into a house on Clydesdale Road in Warrington while the occupants were asleep inside. He stole car keys and a wallet before driving off in their car.
Smith then used the victim’s bank card to buy food and drinks at McDonalds and Costa Coffee.
In the early hours of 7 May 2019 Smith woke the occupier of a house on Broughton Close after he attempted to break-in to her home and set the house alarm off.
A 15-year-old boy from Manchester was also given a 20 month detention and training order on 29 May after pleading guilty to burglary and attempted burglary.
Detective Constable Michael McDermott, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “Having an intruder come into your home when you are sleeping can be very frightening and nobody should ever be made to feel that way in their own home.
“I want those who have been a victim of a burglary to feel reassured that we work very hard, doing everything we can, to find those responsible.
“It is following a thorough investigation that these men are now in prison and justice has been served to the victims.”