Bungling thief jailed

Jailed: Keelan Greenham
Jailed: Keelan Greenham

A bungling burglar is starting a two year jail sentence after being caught out by fingerprints on a sandwich wrapper.

Hungry Keelan Greenham, a traveller from Broadley Avenue, Manchester, calmly stopped at a petrol station in Clayton-le-Woods, near Chorley, to buy a halal chicken tikka sandwich, moments before subjecting a family to a terrifying ordeal.

The 19-year-old was among a gang who travelled to the county in a stolen Mercedes with false plates.

After he devoured the snack the car was dumped, with the sandwich wrapper left on the back seat.

The gang burst into a family’s home at 2am on November 25 to steal their high powered cars.

The victim, a 35-year-old man, barricaded himself in a room as the criminals demanded the keys for his expensive Mercedes.

The thieves got away with the victim’s BMW instead.

When police found the stolen Mercedes dumped nearby they tested the wrapper for fingerprints. Later, as they carried out inquiries at local businesses, including a petrol station, staff said it was rare to sell a halal chicken tikka sandwich.

Officers then retrieved CCTV footage of him buying the snack and he was arrested in Manchester.

He was jailed at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting conspiracy to commit burglary.