FOUR burglars involved in raids that saw thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes stolen from supermarkets have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
Nicholas Maxwell, Jamie Maxwell, John Horn and Stephen Bosanko were involved in various break-ins at premises in Lancaster, Carnforth, Blackpool and Wyre from October 2011 to February 2012.
Two raids on the Booths store on Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, on October 21 and November 17, 2011, saw more than £2,000 worth of tobacco products stolen.
On October 23, the Hala Road store in Lancaster was broken into and large amounts of cigarettes and champagne were stolen, with other merchandise being damaged by smashed bottles of wine.
The Booths store on Scotland Road, Carnforth, was broken into on October 31 and £3,000 worth of tobacco products were taken and a further £2,000 worth of stock was taken during a break-in at the Highfield Road store in Blackpool on December 29.
An attempt was also made to break-in to the Booths store in Hesketh Bank on February 18, 2012.
Cigarettes were also stolen from the Windmill service station, Preston New Road, Blackpool, on February 16 and golf clubs and other equipment valued around £9000 were stolen from Paul Walker Golf in Knott End on February 18.
Appearing at Preston Crown Court, the four pleaded guilty to a number of burglary and attempted burglary charges.
Appearing again on August 8, Nicholas Maxwell, 26, of Royal Drive, Fulwood, was jailed for three years for his involvement in the raids at the golf shop, the petrol station and the attempted break-in at Hesketh Bank.
Jamie Maxwell, 21, of Cambridge Street, Preston, was jailed for two years for his involvement in the raids at Lancaster, Carnforth, Blackpool and the attempted break-in at Hesketh Bank.
John Horn, 21, of no fixed address, was jailed for three years for his involvement in the raids at Fulwood, Lancaster, Carnforth and the attempted break-in at Hesketh Bank.
Stephen Bosanko, 31, of Elliott Close, Preston, was jailed for three years for his involvement in the raids at Lancaster, Fulwood and the attempted break-in at Hesketh Bank.
Detective Sergeant Simon Balderstone of Lancaster police, said: “These four men were responsible for a number of break-ins that saw high value amounts of tobacco and other products being stolen from local businesses across the county.
“One particular business was repeatedly targeted and this would no doubt have had a knock on effect for the company and its staff.”