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Cigarettes stolen in store break in – Slough

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a car was driven into the front of a convenience store in Slough as part of a burglary.

At just after 2am on the morning of 27th July, a blue Mazda was driven into the front of the Nisa store in Wentworth Avenue, Slough. Four men got out of the car and forced their way in, stealing a quantity of cigarettes.  The men fled the scene in a dark-coloured BMW along Wentworth Avenue, towards Farnham Lane. The Mazda was left in situ.

The BMW was later found in the Bromycroft Road area.

Investigating officer Det Sgt John Wordsworth, of Local CID in Slough, said: “The offenders used one car to plough into the front of the store, and a second car to flee the scene.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw either of these two cars either before the incident or, in the case of the BMW, afterwards.

“There would have been a lot of noise when the offenders broke into the store, so I would also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not already spoken to us.”

If you can help, please call Det Sgt Wordsworth via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

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Gang admits to ram raid at Ernest Jones Jewellers

Members of a gang who carried out a ram raid attack on an Ernest Jones jewellers in Exeter have admitted to the £200,000 crime.

Three members of the gang threatened a female worker at the city centre branch of the jewellers, bringing the area to a virtual standstill while the fourth member of the gang manned a getaway vehicle.

While appearing at Exeter Crown Court, all four men admitted to taking part in the raid. They were brought to justice after a four month investigation, which saw police officers from London and Devon working together to solve the crime.

The robbery took place on the 11th February 2013 when three of the robbers entered the store during business hours and threatened a staff member.  They then used a hammer to break into several jewellery display cabinets before making off with 30 Rolex watches. The robbers then jumped into their getaway vehicle and drove off at high speed.

The robbers were later apprehended at a number of addresses in the south eastern area of the town and all pled guilty to the crimes when they first appeared in court together. They were then remanded in custody until sentencing.

Barry Cotter, the judge presiding over their case, said:

“The judge who sentences this case will have to look very carefully at the background and the sentencing guidelines, but it is clearly a very serious offence.”

Vulnerable shop owners are advised to take precautions, such as installing security shutters, window bars and retractable grilles in order to avoid ram raids and burglaries on their premises.

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Surrey teenaged sentenced after a string of burglaries in Surrey

A Surrey teenager has been sentenced to 38 months in a young offenders’ institute after committing a string of burglaries.

Eighteen year old Shane Warburton, was sentenced on July 15th after he admitted to over 20 burglaries committed in the Molesey, Walton and Thames Ditton areas. It is estimated that he caused more than £50,000 worth of damage and loss, mostly to homes.

Three days before his sentence was handed down, the court heard that the defendant and a 22 year old accomplice were caught in the act of breaking into a home on Sidney Road by the owners, who walked in as they were in the process of loading stolen electrical items into the back of a stolen BMW.

The burglars got away with a number of items, including a laptop, camera, iPhones and iPods and a sum of money that was taken from the lady’s purse.

Two of the three burglars were caught when the police put a stinger into action, causing their stolen car to crash into a lamppost. The unknown third assailant managed to escape.

Warburton’s 22 year old accomplice, Mirush Kabashi, was also sentenced to 24 months in a young offenders’ institute.

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Man jailed after pleading guilty to two burglaries in the Square Mile, London

A city man who broke into two flats in the Square Mile and stole thousands of pounds worth of property was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday 5th July to four and a half years imprisonment for two burglary offences.

Mark Tomas Goldsmith, aged 47 from Lewisham, was seen breaking into a property in Wormwood Street in the City.   He took a number of items, including laptops, a camera and jewellery.  As this investigation progressed, Goldsmith was found to be responsible for a second burglary at an address in Little Britain on the 28th May.

On both occasions Goldsmith forced his way into the properties and at each address he left a  “trail of destruction caused by the havoc he wreaked” as stated by the Judge on Friday.

Goldsmith was arrested on 12th June after he was identified on CCTV and he pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared at court on 25th June.

DS Mark Simmons of the City of London Police Burglary Squad said: “This sentencing provides reassurance to our residents in the Square Mile and will prevent Goldsmith from committing further burglaries in the City.”

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There is always increased levels of crime in cities and if you live in an area like this, it is paramount that you have sufficient security measures in place to protect your home.  As well as burglar alarms and CCTV, homeowners should also consider physical home security measures such as metal bar gates for front doors, window bars and security shutters for the home.

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Eight arrested after burglary raids in Northampton

Half a dozen men and two boys have appeared in court on burglary charges after a series of raids were made in Northampton.

Local police took action against suspected local burglars by conducting raids on 13 properties on 10th July. Twelve people were formally taken into custody on burglary and drugs charges in the operation, which saw 80 police officers involved.

Police today released a statement saying that a quantity of illegal substances had been found, along with several items of stolen property – all of which were seized by offices as the raids were being conducted.

Last week, eight Northampton males – two of whom were aged 14 and 16 – appeared at Northampton Magistrates Court, where various charges were handed down. These included conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal, possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and handling stolen goods.

Patrick McMonigle, 23, Curtis Bryant, 22 and Jeffery George, 42, were all remanded in custody – the first two for conspiracy to commit burglary and the latter for conspiracy to commit burglary and possession with intent to supply.

Stuart Neal, 25, Callum Gordon, 23, and John Lavelle, 21 were all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal, but were released on bail.

The two teens were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and the 16 year old was also charged with possession of a controlled drug.

Homeowners are advised to increase the security of their homes, with measure such as burglar alarms and security shutters, to prevent becoming victims of similar crimes.

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Prolific burglar jailed for four years

A prolific burglar has been jailed for four years after admitting more than 160 offences in Essex and the Metropolitan Police area.

Radas Balkevicius of Daventry Road, Romford pleaded guilty to committing burglaries at Glovers Field, Kelvedon Hatch and Baddow Road, Chelmsford when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 12, 2013.

The 22-year-old also admitted committing many other offences, mainly residential burglaries, after interviews with police officers and these were taken into account when he was sentenced.

Balkevicius travelled across borders to commit crime in Essex and the Metropolitan Police area and was sentenced for a further 60 offences in Essex and more than 100 in the London area.

A/Det Insp Gary McNair said: “The judge has taken into account his cooperation with the investigating officers and clearly without this, a large number of these offences may never have been solved and therefore some form of closure would be denied to many of his victims.

“Burglary is a crime which causes great distress and often hardship to its victims and Essex Police will not cease in our efforts to bring burglars to justice.”

Courtesy of Essex Police

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Wimbledon burglar caught on CCTV camera

A prolific cat burglar who targets the homes of some of Wimbledon’s richest residents has so far evaded capture. However, police are hopeful he will soon be caught thanks to a CCTV image of his face that was captured as he burgled a home – worth millions of pounds – in the South London area.

The burglar, who is known for carefully and meticulously taking apart burglar alarms, was caught out by an interior camera that captured his image as he burgled a home not far from the All England Wimbledon tennis club.

Police have released the burglar’s image in the hope he will be recognised by a member of the public. They also told press they want the burglar in connection with a massive 35 burglaries in the area. He is believed to spend a number of days planning his burglary.

His method involves cutting alarm and CCTV cables, allowing him to enter expensive homes without being detected or captured on camera – and he has been very successful up until now.

The Wimbledon cat burglar first struck in 2006 and is known for stealing cash and expensive jewellery from wealthy homes. Speaking about the cat burglar, DC Simon Callcott said:

“He can spend several days plotting a route into a house and cuts CCTV cables around the houses so he is not seen. He is very meticulous, very thorough and very tidy.”

Homeowners across the UK can bolster their security against this kind of burglar by using physical barriers such as home security shutters and window grills to hamper burglars’ points of entry, as well as having alarms and cameras in place.

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Ram raid at Supermarket in Cowbridge

A red Land Rover is reported to have been used in a supermarket ram-raid in the Cowbridge area. The vehicle was reversed into the shop front by robbers, who then made off with a small amount of stolen goods.

The supermarket ram-raid took place in the early hours of 16th June. The supermarket, which was targeted in the ram-raid, was the Filco store located in the main High Street area of Cowbridge.

Police commented on the case, saying that the robbers used the land Rover to reverse into the shop before one robber was spotted gaining entry to the closed supermarket. The intruder stole ‘a minimum amount of property’ before returning to the vehicle and making a getaway down Cowbridge High Street.

Speaking of the ram-raid, DC Craig Alexander from Barry CID, commented:

“This crime caused a considerable amount of damage while the perpetrators left almost empty handed. We are appealing for any information concerning the red Land Rover which will have a lot of damage to the rear of the vehicle and it also seems that its fuel tank was damaged during the incident.

“We know the vehicle headed toward the traffic lights shortly after 1.30am but want to hear from anyone who may have seen it as it left Cowbridge and what direction it took.”

It is believed the thieves could have got away with a lot more if it was not for the security roller shutters that were in place.  Generally, most shops install security shutters to prevent burglary and ram raids.  Other useful security measures are collapsible gates, sometimes referred to as lattice gates or retractable gates and also security posts, which can either be fixed into the ground or installed as removable security posts.

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Woman threatened with firearm in Harlow

Detectives are appealing for information after a burglary in Harlow, in which a group of men burst into a house and threatened a woman with a firearm.

Four men broke in to a property on Old Road and pushed a handgun to the woman’s face before stealing cash and jewellery between 10 and 11pm on Monday, July 8, 2013.

The suspects ran away from the house. Three of the four men were wearing balaclavas while the fourth, was wearing a blue top.

Investigating Officer, Dc Ryan Burgess, said: “We’re confident that people living on Old Road near to its junction with Bury Road would have seen and heard a commotion at 11pm on Monday night. We would urge them to contact us so that we can identify these men while also allaying this woman’s fears for her safety.”

A search of the area was carried out by armed officers and the police helicopter but the men could not be found.
Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Harlow police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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