Burglar jailed for more than six years as part of Operation Crooked
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A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to six years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking into two houses and attempting to break into another.
Bryan Burke, 46, of Blisworth, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to the burglaries in Delapre and Horton in which he stole a number of items, including attempting to take a motorcycle from one of the addresses. The attempted burglary took place in Stoke Bruerne.
Burke was quickly identified by investigating officers through CCTV enquiries and arrested for the offences. A subsequent search of a property linked to Burke, yielded recovery of some of the stolen items and they were returned to their rightful owner.
Lead Investigator, PC Mark Edkins, from Northamptonshire Police’s Burglary Team, said: “Bryan Burke brought misery upon his victims by stealing priceless items from their homes.
“This sentence won’t replace those items but hopefully it will provide some comfort and display that when you are caught by the Burglary Team, you will be dealt with robustly.
“In the end, Burke had no choice but to plead guilty, given the strength of evidence presented against him.
“He is a career burglar and he poses a real threat to Northamptonshire home owners so I am pleased to say he has been removed from our streets.
“This case alongside numerous others shows the value of you or your neighbours having CCTV to bring offenders to justice and I would recommend anyone looking to improve security to make CCTV their priority.”
Operation Crooked is Northamptonshire Police’s campaign to reduce burglary - a top priority for the Force. As part of the operation, the Burglary Team, which sits within CID, ensure that every burglary victim in Northamptonshire is guaranteed a visit from the police.
They are also working to review and drive-up the quality of investigations, manage and progress forensic hits, hunt down wanted people, organise police patrols in areas of concern and gather intelligence to prevent burglaries before they happen.