Burglars targeted homes to steal cars from residents

Behind bars: Mark Wallis  and (below) Frankie Dwyer have been jailed

Behind bars: Mark Wallis and (below) Frankie Dwyer have been jailed

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Two burglars who struck at homes across Lancashire and stole resident’s cars have been jailed by a judge.

Mark Wallis, 21, of no fixed abode, is behind bars for three and a half years after admitting a string of burglaries and vehicle thefts totalling more than £60,000.

Frankie Dwyer, 17/3/90, of Robin St, Preston  jailed for 12 months for burgkary offences.

Frankie Dwyer, 17/3/90, of Robin St, Preston jailed for 12 months for burgkary offences.

His haul included a Kia, a Seat Leon, a Nissan Qashqai, a Volvo and a Seat Toledo.

He struck at a house on Greenhall Close, Garstang, in April 2013 and stole a Seat Leon, along with an i-Pad and wallet.

Wallis also admitted burgling a home on Ridgeway, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, in July 2013, where a suitcase, I-pad, two in car TVs and two vehicles were stolen.

The court heard how, with his accomplice Frankie Dwyer, he struck at a home on Preston New Road, Clayton-le-Woods and stole a Kia car and a wallet on June 10 this year.

They both admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking, as well as stealing sunglasses from a car earlier the same day,

Dwyer, 24, of Robin Street, Ribbleton, Preston, was jailed for 12 months by the judge at their sentence hearing at Lancaster Crown Court.

Mark Wallis also pleaded guilty to an attempted break in at a house on Bournefield Road in Preston, the theft of a Peugeot 307 in August 2013 and a Seat Toledo in September 2013.

Their sentences were today welcomed by Lancashire Police.

Sgt Andy Dixon, of Preston Police, said: “Following the sentences passed down on Mark Wallis and Frankie Dwyer I hope the cases send a warning to criminals that burglary and theft is treated seriously by both the police and the courts”

“Locations were targeted specifically in order to steal the victims’ vehicles and the value of the vehicles alone, for which Mark Wallis was convicted, amounts to over £60,000.

He added: “We recognise that burglaries have a significant impact on victims and we will continue to focus our activities on those people who persistently commit burglary so we can further reduce the number of victims affected by these crimes.”

Anyone with information about a burglary can call police on 101.