Operation Castle - man sentenced to four years in prison for Crosby burglary

*Published on Wednesday, 20 June at 12.40pm*

Merseyside Police is welcoming the sentencing of a man to four years in prison following a burglary in April 2018.

60-year-old John Mockler of no fixed address was sentenced yesterday, Tuesday, 19 June at Liverpool Crown Court after an investigation by detectives from Operation Castle, the forces on-going response to burglary offences.

Late afternoon on Friday, 20 April, it was discovered that someone had forced entry through a kitchen door to a property on Eshe Road in Crosby.

The victims were on holiday at the time however on their arrival home it was confirmed that a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.

Following enquiries by detectives, Mockler was arrested on Tuesday, 15 May and charged with burglary.

Detective Inspector Andrew McCourt said: "It is pleasing to see John Mockler removed from our streets, as I know domestic burglaries are of concern to the law abiding members of our communities and I hope this sentence reflects how seriously they are taken. We are determined to identify anyone involved in such behaviour and put them before the courts. Through Operation Castle, we continue to tackle the issue of burglary on Merseyside.

“I would continue to urge local residents to ensure their houses are as secure as possible and check their front doors, windows and garage doors.

"I would appeal to anyone with information on burglary offences or who is offered stolen goods to come forward with information, which we will always act on to remove such dangerous offenders as Mockler from your communities."

Anyone with information is asked to call 999 if a crime is in action, call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form anonymously: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information