FOILED: Burglar jailed for Preston house break in

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A burglar was foiled when a suspicious passer-by saw him and his accomplice in a city churchyard with their loot, a court heard.

Nathan Dodd, of Marton Road, Preston, received 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, and 18 months supervision.

Preston Crown Court heard how 18-year-old Dodd broke into a man’s house overnight on September 8 last year.

The victim, a retired man from Fulwood, and his nine-year-old daughter, were asleep in the house at the time.

He stole laptops and other electrical goods from their home.

He then stole the keys to the victim’s £24,000 Peugeot 308 car, which he had bought only six months earlier.

Prosecuting, David Clark said Dodd and another man were seen on Stoneygate, Preston city centre, acting strangely at 9am the same day.

A member of the public saw one man on Stoneygate and the other in the churchyard of St John’s Minster with a bag.

Mr Clark said the witness had immediately been “suspicious”.

He phoned police from his mobile phone.

Police officers who responded to the call found the stolen car abandoned on St James’ Place.

A short time later, at around 9.15am, Dodd and another man were seen carrying a box and a laptop on St Paul’s Square, Deepdale, the court was told.

Mobile phone cell siting evidence later showed Nathan Dodd’s phone was linked to a phone mast in the area of the burglary at the time of the offence.

He admitted charges of burglary and taking a vehicle without consent.

n Dodd’s co-defendant, Michael Smith, previously received three years and four months in prison at Preston Crown Court in connection with the offence, after admitting burglary.