2013 July

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.

Homeowners are advised to ensure their homes are as secure as possible, if they are to avoid being burgled.  Home security shutters and burglar alarms are ideal for this purpose.

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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

Many home owners will think of installing a burglar alarm to keep their home safe, however, in this day and age, ringing burglar alarms are often ignored.  Additional home security measures such as window bars and roller shutters can be extremely useful in preventing burglary.  Roller shutters are not often thought of as something that can be used in the home, however Continental Shutters are designed for residential security and can be produced in a range of colours to compliment your exterior décor and compliment your external surroundings.

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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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Ram raiders caught on camera

Two men have been jailed for an attempted ram-raid that they carried out using a sewage tanker. The pair attempted to take an ATM with the stolen vehicle in the South Lanarkshire area – but instead crashed into a local call-centre.

The whole incident was caught on CCTV and showed the tanker being driven into the call centre door, as well as repeatedly ramming into the ATM machine in an attempt to get at the cash stored within.

David Fowler and George Nicol took the tanker from East Kilbride and drove to Blantyre, where they attempted to ram-raid the HSBC cash machine on the 20th October last year.

The two men were arrested shortly after they crashed their vehicle, which was found to contain a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition.

George Nicol was given a prison sentence of five and a half years and his accomplice Fowler was handed down a five year sentence. Both men are currently serving their sentences at HMP Addiwell after pleading guilty to the charges of robbery and theft, as well as charges relating to the gun that was found in their vehicle.

Whilst CCTV cameras are useful for capturing the incident itself, it is imperative that commercial businesses also undertake preventative measures to ensure that their property is as safe as possible.  Security measures such as shop front roller shutters, anti ram raid security posts and industrial steel doors can help.

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Son of Trevor Francis accused of cottage burglary

James Francis, the son of football legend Trevor Francis, is currently standing trial. He is accused of burgling a cottage that forms part of a mansion, worth £1.6 million and owned by a former Aston Villa footballer. The incident is alleged to have taken place back in 2011.

James Francis denies the charges, stating that his fingerprints were only found at the scene of the crime because he had left them there when he visited in a work capacity. He stands accused of stealing a number of souvenir football shirts and designer women’s shoes.

Standing at Warwick Crown Court, Francis told the jury that he had previously paid a visit to the property in order to compile a quote for cleaning the home.

The prosecution, however, alleges that Francis broke in to the cottage while he knew the owners were away on holiday in 2011, between July 18th and August 3rd.

The court was told that the accused’s fingerprints were found on the unoccupied cottage’s door and were also discovered on a piece of cardboard at the property.

James Francis says that there is a perfectly innocent reason for his fingerprints being in the property. His parents once lived in one of the cottages on the property, so he was aware he needed to inspect the interior when making a quote for cleaning services.

The trial continues but it shows just how important it is for large properties to install quality security measures, such as lockable security gates, security window bars, lattice gates and lockable roller garage doors if they are to be protected from burglary.

Brown Security Installations has a wealth of experience in home security.  Contact us today if you are worried about your home and want to make it secure.