Chester burglar who broke into four homes in a nightly spree is jailed for 27 months Date published: 31st October 2017 9.49am

A Chester burglar who broke into four people’s homes in one nightly spree is now serving more than two years behind bars.

Benjamin Nicholson, 30, of Brook Street in Chester was handed a 27 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to four burglary offences at Chester Crown Court on Monday, 30 October.

The court heard how on the evening of Tuesday, 26 September Nicholson began by breaking into a house on Beaconsfield Street, Boughton and stole a handbag containing cash and bank cards.

Nicholson then moved on to three addresses on Hoole Lane. He attempted to steal another handbag however having being caught by the victim inside the flat at the time, he left without it.

At the third property Nicholson stole a laptop and after targeting the fourth house he took a handbag.

Following information from the public, Nicholson was identified as a suspect and after a search of his home he was arrested.

During sentencing the Judge said despite Nicholson being confronted by one of his victims he continued to commit his crimes.

Detective Sergeant Nick Henderson, of Chester CID, said: “Nicholson’s actions that night were abhorrent and he has no respect for other people and their property. Despite being caught by one of his victims he thought he was unstoppable and continued to commit his crime across Chester to fund his drug habit.

“We are really pleased with Nicholson’s sentencing and  being able to return some of the items back to the victims.”