Culprit caught and given a 10-year sentence
At the end of January there was a burglary in
A suspect was arrested by Surrey Police two days later in connection with a number of break-ins in Hampshire and
The Police are delighted that they have caught the perpetrator, a 34-year old Italian man, who has been carrying out crimes in the
He has now been sentenced to 10 years in prison – and will be deported whenever he is released.
The Police were also very pleased about the severity of the sentence which was probably increased due to the contents of letters from victims which the Judge read out in the courtroom.
It has also been possible to return some of the stolen items.
The Police are confident that the culprit had not been staking-out any houses in Buriton – this was just an opportunistic crime.
The police advise everyone to ensure houses are left locked and secured and that reasonable security measures are taken. If you have CCTV please ensure that it is in operation.
They have also suggested that people consider storing valuable jewellery in unusual places (eg. kitchen cupboards) as jewellery thieves are likely to make a bee-line for bedrooms, dressing tables and jewellery boxes.
They also advise that we should all take photographs of property so that it can easily be reclaimed if recovered.
More crime prevention advice is available via the Hampshire Constabulary web site http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/ and personal property can be registered with a serial number at Immbolise via https://www.immobilise.com/