Two men who burgled a house while the owners and their children were asleep and made off with a BMW have been jailed for a total of seven years.
Luke Maher, 25, and Daniel Beardsworth, 24, both admitted entering a house on Dill Hall Lane in Church through an unlocked front door and stealing the £7,000 car.
They both pleaded guilty to burglary and theft
Maher, of Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, also admitted punching and robbing a pub landlord in Church in a separate incident.
He was jailed for four years and eight months after pleading guilty to robbery.
Beardsworth, of Malvern Close, Accrington, also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of handling stolen goods and was jailed for two years and four months.
Robert Smith, prosecuting, told Burnley Crown Court how the burglary involving Maher and Beardsworth happened between 9pm and midnight on January 2 last year. They stole the keys to the BMW 1 Series along with a Playstation 3 and Ray-Ban sunglasses belonging to the owner’s son.
The court heard how the defendants were later spotted in the car by police and linked to the crime by footwear impressions at the scene.
Mr Smith told how the victim’s children have been left ‘very upset’ by the burglary but the BMW was returned.
The court was told how Maher then robbed relief landlord Wayne Moore at the Cross Guns pub in Church on November 9 last year while he was on bail for the burglary.
Mr Smith said Maher, who was wearing a grey-hooded top, approached Mr Moore after the pub had just closed and punched him once to the face shouting ‘give me all your money’.
Mr Moore handed over the contents of the till and was ‘humiliated’ into emptying his own pockets with Maher making off with around £450, the court heard.
When he told Maher that he was being recorded on CCTV he then tried to destroy the footage but was later identified from it by police.
Sarah Griffin, defending Maher, said he was in an ‘oblivion’ of drink and drugs during both incidents and had ‘no recollection’ of the robbery.
She said: “When he was shown the CCTV he said he was extremely embarrassed and ashamed and could not believe it was him.”
The court heard how Beardsworth was also spotted in a pub trying to sell an iPad to a landlord which had earlier been stolen during a house burglary on Malvern Close in December 2012.
Ahmed Nadim, defending Beardsworth, said his ‘most powerful mitigation’ was his guilty plea and said he ‘does not have a predisposition’ to commit offences of burglary.