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Burglary in Chorley foiled by eagle-eyed neighbour
6:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in Chorley
Two men were caught burgling a Chorley house by an eagle-eyed neighbour while the owners were away on holiday.
A third man was also charged with assisting the offenders by providing a get-away ride from the property in Whalley Road, Heskin.
Mark Flemming and Steven Curry were found guilty of taking 39 items, with a total value of £1,000, from the dormer bungalow on January 26.
And after being scared off by neighbours, Flemming, 47, of Newton-le-Willows, was spotted walking away from the property with items, including a stolen silver piggy bank.
He took the metal pig into the nearby Farmers Arms and was challenged by suspicious locals, who then alerted police.
After discovering that Flemming, a methadone user, also had a hammer in his pocket that was used to smash the conservatory glass door at the property, he was arrested.
Brian Dunne, 43, from Wigan, was later spotted driving his Blue Ford Focus with Curry as a passenger. Preston Crown Court heard that Dunne was offered £10 petrol money and £25 to drive the burglars away, but then confessed to police when his vehicle was traced.
Steven Curry was sentenced in August this year to eight months in prison running consecutively with other offences.
Judge Michael Leeming QC gave Flemming ten months imprisonment, serving five months in custody, while Dunne who is also on a methadone programme, was given a one-year term, suspended for one year.