Long prison sentence for Preston burglar

    A man has been jailed for burgling three houses in Preston and producing a knife after barging his way into a fourth house.

    Dale Thomason, 29, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court to eight years and four months.

    The offences were committed over a three-day period in August last year, and Thomason was arrested after an investigation by Lancashire Police.

    On 19th August, Thomason broke into a house on Brixton Road, stealing an iPhone, a watch, a pair of Louis Vuitton trainers and a safe which contained jewellery.

    The other offences happened on August 21st, Thomason burgling a house in Isherwood Street while the householder was in. He tried to remove a television off the wall and stole a purse.

    He later knocked on the door of a house in West Cliff Terrace and when the door was opened, barged his way in and sat on the sofa.

    Thomason then produced a knife when he was told to leave, making threats.

    The final offence was at a house on Riverside, Preston, Thomason stealing two laptops, a bike, jewellery, and Euros currency.

    He was arrested later that day having been identified from CCTV footage.

    Thomason, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a private place, three charges of burglary of a dwelling house, and common assault.

    Det Con Dave Hanna of the South Burglary Team, said: “Thomason targeted homes to burgle for his own gain and gave no thought to the people who lived there.

    “People are entitled to view their home as a safe place. We aim to bring to justice those who burgle houses and inflict misery on those who they steal from.

    “We are pleased that Thomason has received a lengthy prison sentence from the court, and it should act as a deterrent to others.”

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