Bungling Burglars Get Caught 'Grease-Handed' After Multiple Failed Break-Ins

Two men who were caught with their hands covered in anti-vandal grease and paint have been jailed after they were caught on CCTV attempting to break into multiple premises in Runcorn, Cheshire on August 19.

According to Cheshire Police, Jamie James, 28, and William Napier, 43, were seen climbing over a gate covered in grease and paint shortly before they attempted to break into Runcorn Library at around 2 am on August 19.

The pair then tried to break into a butcher, a shop, and an occupied apartment in Runcorn.

Police said anti-vandal grease and paint was found on all four buildings that the men had attempted to break into. The men failed to get inside any of the premises they targeted and were arrested 40 minutes after their crime spree, police said.

This CCTV footage shared by police show the men trying to break into one of the buildings. The men can be seen attempting to scale a gate by gripping the top before trying to kick it inwards. They finally give up when a police van approaches the area.

James and Napier were subsequently both charged with four counts of attempted burglary.

James was jailed for 23 months and a week while William Napier was given a three-year prison sentence. Credit: Cheshire Police via Storyful