A man who committed a burglary while attempting to enter several other homes in the space of an hour has been jailed for 38 months.
Beginning at 6am on May 17 2023, David Keith Simpson (26/08/1979), of Kendal Road, Ince, attempted to enter several homes across different streets in Ince within a short time frame.
During the course of the morning, Simpson broke a small window, tried several doors handles, and entered a garden of one of the properties.
Despite being thwarted, including being chased off by an occupant and being disturbed at by a dog, Simpson persisted with his attempts, entering a property in Ince Green Lane.
Bank cards were stolen and the occupants of the house were later notified of their cards being used at various shops around Ince.
Upon reviewing CCTV footage from the stores and doorbell footage from the morning, officers quickly identified Simpson, resulting in an arrest and subsequent charge.
Appearing at Bolton Crown Court on Friday 11 August, Simpson received 48 months imprisonment for one burglary, five counts of attempted burglaries and two counts of fraud. This was reduced to 38 months as he entered an early guilty plea.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby, from Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “As a force-priority issue, we always investigate reports of burglaries and do our best to secure arrests, charges and sentencings.
“Ultimately, they are crimes in which people can end up feeling unsafe and scared in their own homes and this subsequent sentecing is a great result. Simpson attempted to enter several houses, not caring for those who were inside, and using stolen cards to purchase and attempt to purchase various goods.
“He now has plenty of time to think about his actions behind bars.”
“If you have any information about burglaries, I ask that you please get in touch with us. You can contact us on 101, or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”