Burglar jailed after storming house with sledgehammer and crowbar

Reece Owen, 24, of Cawthorne Avenue, Southdene, was arrested and charged with burglary
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A man has been jailed after storming a Southport house with a sledgehammer and crowbar.

Reece Owen, 24, was among a number of men seen entering the Fylde Road house, armed with the weapons, at around 2pm on Friday, April 5.

After damaging a rear window, the gang was spotted fleeing the area in a white Mercedes car, which was later recovered on Brookdale Drive in Liverpool with the weapons still inside.

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Following an investigation, Owen, of Cawthorne Avenue, Southdene, was arrested and charged with burglary. He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, June 21, where he was jailed for 29 months.

Detective inspector Kevin O’Rourke, from Operation Castle, Merseyside Police's dedicated burglary unit, said: “To be a victim of burglary can have a profound effect on the lives of victims and we are committed to finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice.

“It was thanks to extensive investigation work that we able to locate the car and trace and identify Owen and today he is behind bars.

"While Merseyside Police has a team of officers dedicated to preventing and detecting burglaries it’s worth having a look at the different ways you can make your homes unattractive targets for would-be criminals. Advice is available on our website for locks, cameras and other measures to bring greater security and peace of mind.”

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