House-breaker pair admit crime spree

Burglar Michael Tither
Burglar Michael Tither

TWO Wigan burglars have been jailed for a total of more than 11 and a half years for a crime spree that terrorised Lancashire households.

Between March 11 and 16 this year, a number of homes in the Parbold and Burscough areas were hit by raiders and property totalling more than £40,000 was snatched.

Burglar Gareth Buckley

Burglar Gareth Buckley

Among the high-value items taken were some of great sentimental worth including war medals and a great deal of damage was caused to the unoccupied homes.

A police operation was mounted in the targeted areas and on March 17 plain clothes officers swooped on two men walking along Lancaster Lane in Parbold.

When they searched Gareth Buckley he was found to be in possession of a pair of gloves and a crow bar and Michael Tither also had gloves.

The officers noted that the footwear they were wearing was similar to shoe marks which had been recovered from some of the reported burglaries.

Both men were arrested and later charged with a variety of offences including burglary.

Buckley, 26, of Wyre Avenue, Platt Bridge, and 32-year-old Tither of Winstanley Road, Bamfurlong, appeared before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court and were sentenced to six years and five years nine months respectively for their crimes.

Buckley had pleaded guilty to committing four burglaries, one attempted burglary and an offence of going equipped to steal.

Tither admitted to committing three burglaries, one attempted burglary and an offence of going equipped.

Sgt Steve Monk, who lead the investigation for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The sentences reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed.

“Crimes of this nature are very intrusive and cause a great amount of distress.

“Hopefully the sentences handed down will give the home owners reassurance and closure.

“Both males travelled into West Lancashire from Wigan intent on committing crime and Lancashire Constabulary are committed to tracking down travelling criminals and bringing them to justice.”