A BURGLAR has been locked up for three years after breaking into a family home in Penwortham and stealing jewellery and electrical equipment.
Adam Barnes, 27, of no fixed address was handed a three year jail term after pleading guilty to burglary.
On August 3 the home owners returned from holiday to discover the hall window was smashed and the house had been ransacked.
Rings belonging to the householder’s late mother had been taken and a number of items including a laptop, digital camera and other property worth £13,000.
In a victim inpact statement, readd to the court, the householder said: “The whole experience has devastated myself and my family. I lost items of jewellery that I hold dear.
“Those items can never be replaced.
“Losing my mum’;s jewellery made me feel like I was losing her all over again. It is extremely upsetting and my dad was heartbroken to hear this news.
“What makes him and others like him think it is acceptable to break into a home and tear it apart with no consideration for its owners?
“The only good thing that can come out of this is that hopefully he is off the streets so he can not damage another family.”
The court heard Barnes had a record consisting of 84 offences.
He has previously been sentenced for eight house burglaries and three non-dwelling house burgalries.
Judge Michael Byrne, sentencing, said; “I bear in mind the personal circumstances that you left home with your girlfriend and child, where there were issues, and consequently you became homeless.”