TWO cousins who targeted homes in Aughton as well as others across the North West have been jailed for six years each after being found guilty of conspiracy to burgle.
Barry Baillie 36, from Walton and Alfie Cochrane, 29, from Norris Green were sentenced on Thursday September 13 at Warrington Crown Court.
The pair were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary between December 2011 and February 2012 in the Widnes, Lancashire and Merseyside area. There were eight in Widnes, three in Lancashire and one in Liverpool. Homes on Long Lane and Prescot Road were among those targeted.
DS Ian Alldred, of Cheshire Police who investigated the case, said: “The pair have been convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary between December 2011 and February 2012 in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.
“The guilty verdicts and the sentences handed down to the pair today will see them taken off the streets for a considerable amount of time. We hope that this offers some comfort to their victims who have gone through a distressing ordeal.
Sgt Stephen Monk of West Lancs police said: “Burglary is an intrusive and despicable crime which can be very upsetting and distressing for those involved.
“Both Baillie and Green deliberately travelled into Aughton with the intention of breaking into people’s homes and stealing their personal belongings.
“I hope this sentence acts as a warning to those who think they can come in to Lancashire to commit burglary that they will be caught and face a lengthy prison sentence.
“We treat burglary very seriously and will continue to work with other police forces to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”