A BURGLAR has been arrested and given a suspended sentence after targeting an elderly home care service and an estate agent.

Greater Manchester Police announced on Saturday that Scott Robinson, 44 of Thompson House, Atherton, had been arrested earlier in the week for three burglaries carried out between August and October 2021.

His targets included Home Instead, a care service for elderly people on Market Street, Atherton and estate agent Arc Homes, also on Market Street.

A police spokesperson said: "Scott Robinson of Thompson House, Atherton was arrested on Tuesday January 4 2022 by PC 19476 Kiernan for three burglaries that had occurred at commercial premises on Market Street, Atherton in August and October 2021."

Officers confirmed that Robinson was charged with these offences the same day and remanded in custody.

He appeared before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on January 5.

The court heard how Robinson had burgled Arc Homes twice, the first time on August 24 when he stole two portable heaters worth a total of £200 and the second time on October 11 when he stole envelops containing keys of unknown value.

He also burgled Home Instead between late at night on August 2 and the early hours of August 3 stealing a laptop worth £500.

After pleading guilty, Robinson sentenced to 26 months in prison suspended for 18 months.