Two Tameside Burglars Sentenced
Tuesday 25th August 2015 @ 13:50 by Becky Cahill
Ashton Mossley & Saddleworth

Two men, who went on a Tameside crime spree burgling houses and committing thefts, have been sentenced.

21-year-old John Marland of High Peak Road and 26-year-old Thomas Lawton (pictured) of Ashbourne Drive, both in Ashton Under Lyne, pleaded guilty to 13 counts between them of attempted burglary, and attempted theft from a motor vehicle.

Lawton, who when he was arrested threatened several officers with a knife, also pleaded guilty to a burglary, theft and affray.

Both were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday 24 August 2015.

Lawton was jailed for three years and Marland received a 12 month custody, suspended for two years and is subject to a rehabilitation requirement and a curfew for 3 months.

During 16 March and 22 March 2015, both men targeted a number of addresses in Mossley and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Both Marland and Lawton tried doors to homes to see if they were open or car doors. If they were, they would go in and steal personal property from within or steal the vehicle itself.

Altogether they took a motor vehicle and its contents after the victim left his house for a few minutes to walk his dog, leaving his keys inside his house door. Several other items of property from within the vehicles were taken and using keys found inside an open car, they tried to get inside a house and garage doors.

It is believed that during their crime spree they stolen thousands of pounds worth of goods.

Officers received intelligence the crimes were linked and executed warrants in the Ashton Area. Stolen property and clothing was recovered before both men were arrested.

Police Constable Joanna Lockett said: “Both Marland and Lawton were opportunistic in their methods and tried a number of doors before gaining access and stealing what they wanted.

“This case is a reminder that there are people out there who will try and take advantage and will steal our property if given the opportunity. One in three burglaries are to homes that are insecure so I would ask people to ensure they keep all doors and windows locked. I would also advise to remove all valuables on show in your car. If you take away the temptation, it is likely you will not be targeted.”