A burglar who left a footprint at the scene of the crime has been jailed for four years.
After a three day trial, a jury found Lee Heath Jones, 47, of Hazel Avenue, Darwen, guilty of a burglary on Blackpool Road, Preston in August 2013, where a number of electrical items and cash were stolen.
While in the property Jones left a very good and rare footwear mark inside the kitchen.
The following morning, after a revisit to the property, officers then travelled to Darwen to try and locate a potential suspect, Lee Heath Jones, as he had previously been arrested in relation to a similar burglary in the same vicinity four weeks earlier.
On talking to Jones, officers found a pair of trainers matching the scene marks and Jones was subsequently arrested.
Det Insp Warren Atkinson said: “Lee Heath Jones is an habitual offender who specialises in committing dwelling burglaries. For this reason he is well known to officers throughout the county.”
He added: “I am pleased with the sentence that has been given and I hope it sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of committing dwelling burglaries within Lancashire.
“Burglaries have a significant impact on victims and it is important we continue to protect people from harm.
The sentencing comes as Lancashire Constabulary launches Operation Julius aimed at preventing burglary, targeting criminals and detecting burglaries.