A burglar who targeted two homes and threatened witnesses while carrying a spanner and a power drill has been jailed for four years.
Ryan Goulding, 32, of Hood Street, Barrow, received his sentence at Preston Crown Court after admitting a string of charges.
He pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted burglary and public disorder.
This followed police investigations launched after officers were called to Rawlinson Street, Barrow, on July 1.
Goulding was seen with a spanner and a power drill, which he threw onto grass when police arrived.
Witnesses told officers they had seen Goulding targeting two homes in Westgate Road.
Goulding was then said to have made threats while carrying the spanner and drill.
Speaking after the court hearing, which was held last Friday (Sept 21), Detective Garin Scott welcomed the sentence.
He said: “We will not tolerate burglars targeting people’s homes. Those who do so can expect to face a police investigation and prosecution.
“We also take seriously any threats, particularly when there are factors such as those seen in this case, where the offender is carrying items that could be used as weapons.
“Today’s sentence should send out a stark message to anyone considering or getting involved in such acts that they could face jail.”
Goulding was jailed for four years for burglary as well as a further two years for attempted burglary and 15 months for affray, with the last two sentences to run concurrently.