A man is starting a 21-month prison sentence for burglary after breaking into a Lancaster house while the owners slept.
Jared Whitburn, 20, of Granville Road, Lancaster, entered a property on Vale Road overnight on July 14 by an insecure window and stole money and car keys.
A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to a 12-month Drugs Treatment and Testing Order after he was convicted for his part in the same offence.
They were sentenced this morning, Thursday, after being found guilty at a previous hearing.
Both were also given three-year driving bans.
DS Fiona Jackson, of Lancaster CID, said: “Jared and his co-defendant have entered the property while the occupants were sleeping.
“When they have then woke in the morning to find they have been burgled, it has left the homeowners feeling very distressed.
“No one should be a victim of a burglary, and so, we welcome the court’s decision to imprison Jared today.
“What this offence demonstrates is the importance of always keeping your property secure, even when you’re at home, as the offenders got into via a window that had been left open overnight.
“Thieves will exploit every possible opportunity and, so, we all have to do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them.”
The sentences come as Lancashire Police continues its Operation Julius crackdown to target burglars across the county.
It runs until the end of December with officers using a range of overt and covert tactics, including visits to Lancashire’s top 30 burglary suspects, executing warrants and high-visibility police patrols.