‘Men­ace’ bur­glar is jailed

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHER­SON

ABURGLAR who raided four homes steal­ing ‘sen­ti­men­tal’ jew­ellery worth thou­sands of pounds has been jailed for more than six years.

Robert Hal­li­well, of Ed­ward Street, Bacup, smashed his way into the prop­er­ties in Bacup and Rochdale dur­ing a vodka and heroin-fu­elled crime spree, a court heard.

In one in­ci­dent on Oak­en­clough Road in Bacup he was caught in the act by the ‘ter­ri­fied’ owner and her son.

The bungling 43-yearold was caught and af­ter leav­ing his blood be­hind at the crime scenes.

Hal­li­well pleaded guilty at Burn­ley Crown Court to four counts of bur­glary and one count of crim­i­nal dam­age and was jailed for six years and four months.

The court heard how Hal­li­well has 18 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 35 of­fences in­clud­ing 15 house bur­glar­ies. He has been jailed on five pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions to­talling more than 18 years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Emma Ke­hoe said the first bur­glary hap­pened on Hazel Grove in Bacup in Au­gust last year when the own­ers were away on holiday.

They re­turned to find Hal­li­well had smashed through a con­ser­va­tory door us­ing a crow­bar and then ‘ran­sacked’ many of the rooms, leav­ing items ‘strewn across the floor’.

Hal­li­well stole items from a large walk-in wardrobe and a large amount of ‘sen­ti­men­tal’ jew­ellery.

Ms Ke­hoe said Hal­li­well was caught bur­gling a prop­erty on Oak­en­clough Road in Bacup on Jan­uary 24 this year af­ter the owner re­turned home with her son.

The court heard that the vic­tim saw the de­fen­dant ‘crouched down look­ing through a unit’.

Ms Ke­hoe said: “On see­ing her he jumped up, ran to­wards the rear of her house shut­ting her bed­room door. She im­me­di­ately called the po­lice

“She was ter­ri­fied, not only for her safety but for her young son as well.”

Ms Ke­hoe said the de­fen­dant also broke into a house on Brook­dale in Rochdale in Oc­to­ber caus­ing £16,000 worth of dam­age.

He stole a large amount of jew­ellery be­long­ing to the owner’s mother and grand­mother.

In a vic­tim state­ment the ‘ab­so­lutely dis­gusted’ owner said it took three days to clean the prop­erty and the in­ci­dent has ‘left an ev­er­last­ing im­pact on their lives’.

The next month Hal­li­well broke into an­other house on Bor­row­dale Drive in Rochdale and caused a ‘sub­stan­tial’ of amount of dam­age.

●● Robert Hal­li­well

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