Number one burglar jailed

A MAN dubbed Great Manchester Police’s number one burglary target has today, Friday 9 October 2009 been sentenced to four and a half years in jail.

Stephen Brady, 32, of Westgate Park Road, Morecambe, Lancashire, earlier pleaded guilty to three offences of burglary at Bolron Crown Court.

JAILED: Number one burglar Stephen brady has been sentced to four years bbehind bars

JAILED: Number one burglar Stephen brady has been sentced to four years behind bars

Brady is a prolific offender whose favourite method of entry was to climb onto house roofs, using a brick to smash his way into people’s homes.

In the first incident, at about 8am on 21 April 2009, the victim left his house on Hollins Lane, Bury. While he was out Brady climbed onto a single storey extension at the back of the house and climbed in through an unlocked first floor window.

Once inside he stole jewellery worth several hundred pounds.

At about 11.30am on 7 August 2009, the next victims left their house on Bury Old Road, Whitefield. When they returned at 3.45am they found someone had used a brick to smash a second floor balcony window and ransacked the house.

Brady then stole electrical items and jewellery.

In the final burglary, on 11 August 2009, Brady broke into a house on St Ann’s Road, Prestwich, but left empty handed.

Officers found a soft drink bottle in the house and swabs were taken from it which later matched Brady’s profile. He was arrested on 2 September 2009.

Brady also asked for 15 other burglaries and attempted break-ins across Bury, Prestwich and Middleton to be taken into consideration.

Detective Inspector Marcus Noden, of Operation Storm – Greater Manchester Police’s forcewide initiative geared to driving down burglaries and increasing convictions, said: “Burglary is a dreadful crime and leaves so many victims with the sickening feeling of having their homes violated.

“Brady is a career criminal who has left a trail of misery behind him and I hope he now uses his time in prison to think about the effect his actions have had on his victims.

“Burglary across the force is decreasing, but we are not becoming complacent. This publicity is just one of many tactics that Operation Storm is using to disrupt the activities of the most prolific burglars.

“The message is simple, we know who you are, we know where you live and if you commit a crime, you will be targeted and brought to justice.”

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