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Man caged after spate of distraction burglaries in Harlow

Crime / Sun 20th Jul 2014 at 08:40am

A MAN has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for distraction burglaries where he preyed on residents in Harlow and Saffron Walden. HH Judge Halworth, in passing sentence, said that there was nothing more abhorrent than this type of burglary where you have elderly and vulnerable victims.

Shaun HOLLAND aged 28 from Sackville Close, Cambridge was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on July 18. He had previous convictions for burglary and robbery.

He travelled into Essex and then tricked his way into resident’s premises under false pretences, stating that his ball was in the back garden, or that he was a police officer or worked for one of the utility companies. He would then find the victim’s handbag and leave taking cash and bank cards.

He was identified by police officers from CCTV and arrested in June this year. He was charged with a burglary at Westfield, Harlow on February 17 and burglary at Hare Street Springs, Harlow on June 6. He then admitted four other offences in Essex including burglaries in Hare Street Springs in April, Broadfields and The Hides, Harlow in May and Station Road, Wendens Ambo on June 2.

Investigating Officer Dc Gav Morris, from Harlow CID said: “Shaun Holland preyed on the elderly, vulnerable and those with disabilities. He often returned to the same address to steal from them again and had no thought for the devastation he left in his wake.

distract“Police would also like to remind the public that they should not allow people into their property without good reason and should always request identification from people such as utility company staff; police officers always carry a warrant card.”

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