‘Menace’ burglar is jailed
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