A prolific Lytham St Anne’s burglar not only robbed a young family’s valuable possessions and ransacked the children’s bedrooms, but also left dangerous broken glass in their conservatory, taking off with £20,000 worth of loot.

John Maughan, 42, residing at Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Anne’s broke the heart of the family, when he targeted their detached home in Catterall (nr Preston). Heartless John Maughan even stole the child’s beloved teddy bear and hair bows, which caused the child so much upset and anguish. He also stole weddings rings, a Breitling watch, Tiffany bracelet, a three stone diamond ring, eight Pandora rings, and other jewellery, along with a Toshiba laptop, a child’s Amazon Kindle, and a soft toy cow.

John Maughan will face a mandatory three years due to the ‘three strikes’ burgling private dwelling rule.

It was also read during his court case that there were three other house burglaries in Lytham including a case where £6,620 of jewellery was stolen, another on the same date where £1,100 of goods – including silver tea set – was stolen, and a burglary at a caravan on October 16, in which £8,000 of goods were stolen.

John Maughan’s defence solicitor said during mitigation that his client was overcoming a drug problem.

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