Two brothers originally from Ellesmere Port have been jailed for a series of burglaries and the theft of a motor vehicle in Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester.
David Young, 22, and Michael Young, 20, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 4 April, where they were sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.
The pair had earlier pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
Their two-week burglary spree took place between Friday 18 January and Monday 28 January.
The pair burgled homes in Neston, Chester, Cheadle and Barnston, targeting addresses when the homeowners were out.
Once inside the properties they conducted untidy searches and stole a number of irreplaceable items, including jewellery and war medals.
Their downfall came on Tuesday 29 January when the pair were stopped in Liverpool driving a stolen car.
The officers who pulled the car over did so as it had been flagged up as being involved in a burglary in Neston by detectives from Ellesmere Port.
Following their arrest the brothers initially claimed that they had just purchased the car from Manchester.
However, officers discovered that they had actually stolen the car from outside an address on Queensway, Cheadle, on Saturday 26 January.
The pair had stolen the keys to the vehicle a week earlier, when they committed a burglary at the same address on Friday 18 January.
Following today’s sentencing Detective Constable Stuart Wood said: “Burglary is a serious crime in which people are targeted in their own home, the place that they should always be able to feel safe.
“In this case the majority of the victims were not at home when their homes were broken into.
“However, in the burglary in Barnston the brothers were disturbed by the victim’s teenage daughter, who was in bed when her home was targeted. She was understandably left distressed as a result of the ordeal.
“While none of the victims suffered any physical injuries, they will never be able to forget that their personal spaces have been invaded by this pair of heartless thieves, although I do hope that the sentences handed to the brothers will provide them with some closure.”
Detective Sergeant Graeme Carvell added: “This was a complex case which spanned a number of forces and I would like to thank all of the officers, staff and also members of the public who have been involved in the investigation.
“As a result of their dedication and commitment the Young brothers were left with no option but to plead guilty to the charges brought against them and are both now facing the consequences of their actions”