A SERIAL thief who broke into a flat in Skelmersdale and stole a number of electrical items has been jailed for 10 months.
Scott Orr, 20, of Banksbarn, Digmoor,, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court last Friday after pleading guilty to burglary in a dwelling with intent to steal.
Orr forced entry to the property in Birch Green, Skelmersdale, on March 18 this year, after watching the victim leave the address.
He stole a PlayStation 3 console, two laptops and a digital camera.
Speaking after the sentencing, Sergeant Steve Monk said: “I am pleased with the sentence given and I hope that this provides the community of Skelmersdale with some reassurance that anyone who breaks into properties and steals others’ belongings will be caught and brought before the courts.
“It’s important to remember the impact that burglary can have on victims.
“In this instance, the victim has not only had to live with the fact that their belongings were stolen, but also that someone entered their property whilst they were out when they thought it was secure and safe.
“The message to burglars is simple.
“You are not welcome in Lancashire and, if you come here to commit crime, we will target you and endeavour to bring you to justice.”
Orr is well known in the Skelmersdale community and this is not his first brush with the law.
Earlier this year, there were a spate of car thefts in Up Holland.
Orr was arrested after forensic evidence identified him as a potential suspect.
He subsequently admitted to going into four cars with a view to stealing property and was jailed by Ormskirk magistrates for 90 days in January.
Orr was also jailed in July 2012 for four and a half months after he stole several sat navs from vehicles while on a suspended sentence.
In addition to car crime, Orr has been charged with several public order offences in the past, his most recent being in November last year after he swore at two police community support officers and upset members of the public by making obscene gestures.