A television show has shown how police tracked down a thief who burgled a pensioner couple in Preston.Advertisement
David and Lillian’s story has been featured in BBC’s Break-in Britain – The Crackdown.
They had jewellery stolen from their home just days after David had returned from hospital after suffering a stroke.
They called 999 after finding a man upstairs rummaging through their bedroom.
David said: “How the hell this guy has had the nerve to walk through the door, go upstairs, and then come back down.”
Lillian said: “My jewelery box. All my jewlery has gone. It’s all sentimental. Things my family bought me. It’s really upsetting. Horrible to think someone was here in your bedroom.”
Preston Police launched an investigation and raided a home in Preston to find a boiler, computer monitor and power tools not belonging to the property.
Sergeant Mark Douglas said: “It appears a males been in through an insecure front door. Started a search of the bedroom. Taking a jewellery box. RUn off towards the canal.”
David and Lillian received a security check on their home as part of the show, and then had new security lights, locks and fencing fitted for free.
The show then follows the investigation to track down Graham Hogg, who eventually pleads guilty to the burglary.
He is sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison for five burglaries in the city.
The show ends with the pensioner couple deciding to put their house on the market to move nearer to their family.
The show is available to watch on BBC iplayer until November 1.