A burglar who launched a one-man crime wave through Blackburn and Darwen has been jailed for three years.
Ryan Price, 24, committed numerous offenses in cities over a two-week span in September.
Night of September 19e Price broke into a house in Branch Road, Blackburn, while the victim was sleeping. She was awoken by a text from her bank at 6:30 a.m. telling her that three early morning transactions had been made on her debit card, including two at McDonalds.
In the early hours of September 26, Price was caught on CCTV breaking into the veranda of a property on Sandy Lane, Darwen; then later the same day robbed or attempted to rob three properties on Blackburn Road, Darwen. Price first broke into a chip shop and stole money from the cash register and a jacket with money in it; he then burst into the back of a property while the victim was sleeping inside but left empty-handed. Finally, that day, he was captured on CCTV while attempting to break into a bakery.
On September 30, the victim of a Fernhurst Barn property, Blackburn, woke up to learn that someone had attempted to break into his garage and caused extensive damage. CCTV investigations led to Price being identified as the person responsible for this.
However, Price did manage to rob a neighboring property on Fernhurst Barn on September 30 – taking a bicycle and scooter worth over £ 1,000 combined.
On the night of September 30, Price broke into a house on Brotherston Drive, Blackburn, and took the keys to a £ 12,000 Volkswagen Golf GTI, with which he set out. Price was arrested in the stolen vehicle from the M6 later that same day.
Following consultations with the Crown Prosecution Service, Price, of Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn, was charged with 13 offenses, including burglary and fraud by misrepresentation.
He was jailed at Preston Crown Court earlier this month.
PC Fergus Bailey of Team East Target said: “Price is a selfish individual who has left a trail of misery in his wake. This type of offense leaves victims anxious and unsafe at home.
“I am happy that Price has been sentenced to jail time and that the people of Blackburn with Darwen have a bit of a break from his persistent infringement.