Men jailed for pub break ins

A pair of burglars who were responsible for a series of break ins at pubs around the county, have been sentenced to a total of five years.

Lee Dowsett, 30, of Scarborough Avenue, Stevenage, pleaded guilty to burglary at The Granby Pub in North Road, Stevenage on April 28, 2010, by forcing a side window before breaking into a fruit machine.

Going equipped for burglary in Horseshoe Lane, Watford, on June 7, 2010.

Burglary at The Twin Foxes Pub in Rockingham Way, Stevenage on April 3, 2010, by forcing a window and breaking into a fruit machine.

Lee Dowsett admitted a further eight burglary offences to be taken into consideration:

• The Shephall Centre, Shephall Green, Stevenage overnight between April 27 and 28, 2010.
• The Harvester at the Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage, on May 31, 2010
• The Toby Carvery, London Road, Stevenage, on May 10, 2010
• St Nicholas Tavern, Canterbury Way, Stevenage, on April 10, 2010
• The Six Templars, The Wash, Hertford on April 5, 2010
• The Station Pub in Station Approach, Knebworth on March 24
• The Six Templars, The Wash, Hertford on March 3, 2010
• Coopers Inn, Magpie Crescent, Stevenage on March 21, 2010

Jason Dowsett, 41, of Winfield Mobile Home Park, Watford, pleaded guilty to
Burglary at The Pied Piper Pub in Oaks Cross, Stevenage, on April 22, 2010, by forcing a window and breaking into two fruit machines.

Going equipped for burglary in Horseshoe Lane, Watford, on June 7, 2010.

Burglary at The Twin Foxes Pub in Rockingham Way, Stevenage on April 3, 2010, by forcing a window and breaking into a fruit machine.

Jason Dowsett also admitted a further seven offences to be taken into consideration at:

• The Harvester at the Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage, on May 31, 2010
• Aldenham Social Club in Church Lane, Aldenham on April 4, 2010
• The Proverbial Pub, High Street, Old Stevenage, overnight between March 7 and 8, 2010
• The Toby Carvery, London Road, Stevenage, on May 10, 2010
• St Nicholas Tavern, Canterbury Way, Stevenage, on April 10, 2010
• Times Club Institute, The Oval, Stevenage overnight between October 29 and 20, 2010
• Coopers Inn, Magpie Crescent, Stevenage on March 21, 2010

Both received sentences of 30 months each.

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A third man, 35 year old Roy Callaghan, gave an early guilty plea to two charges of burglary:

On February 20, 2010, at The Peartree Pub in Valley Way, Stevenage, forced glass to gain entry through a rear door, breaking into and causing damage to two fruit machines before being disturbed by staff members.

On August 28, 2010, breaking into the Co-op in Organ Hall Road, Borehamwood, by forcing a fire door before being disturbed by members of staff.

Callaghan also admitted 17 offences to be taken into consideration.

Because of his early guilty pleas, the judge at Luton Crown Court in November last year, sentenced him to a Probation Order to run until May 2012. He was also ordered to attend a Substance Mis-use programme and an alcohol treatment programme lasting six months.

Stevenage Local Crime Unit Detective Inspector Gary Atkinson said: “This was a highly prolific gang of burglars. The impact of these burglaries wasn’t just about jemmying loose change out of fruit machines. This gang were striking in the early hours of the morning when pub staff were still on the premises.

“We started linking these burglaries early on and formed a highly resourced and robust police response called Operation Abrupt. Each offence triggered an intense amount of police activity which was designed to capture all the available evidence at the earliest opportunity”

“We liaised with licensees across the county via Pubwatch and worked together to bring these offenders to justice.

“Once arrested, these defendants were handed over to a highly specialist interview team who were able to look at these crimes in retrospective detail.

“Some excellent work by the teams has resulted in these people being brought to justice. Since these arrests, this type of burglary has reduced dramatically.”

 

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