A burglar who raided 14 properties in four weeks has been jailed for two years.
Jason Dean, 44, of Long Meadow, Chorley, left a string of homeowners across Chorley devastated as he pilfered jewellery and electrical goods, which he pawned for money.
But he was caught when residents fought back, clubbing together at PACT meetings and neighbourhood watch meetings in a bid to try to identify him
The burglar had not been in trouble for seven years, but detectives revealed he turned back to crime due to a drug debt and other financial problems.
Dean committed a number of day time burglary offences in Chorley between July 27 and September 2 this year, deliberately choosing victims who had left their homes to go to work.
Police told the Evening Post he forced entry by smashing rear windows and doors. Most of his loot has never been recovered after he pawned it in Horwich and Bolton.
He admitted two burglaries at Preston Crown Court and had 12 others taken into consideration.
DC Warren Gibson, of Lancashire police, said: “He assisted the police with the investigation once he had been arrested and admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity. The crime spree brought a lot of fear of residents in the same area as all the crimes were committed within a short distance of each other.
“ The community should be commended for their assistance and help in trying to identify this offender and it shows the value of having a good community liaison with police. Intelligence gained from them undoubtedly assisted the police in identifying him.”