Distraction Burglar Jailed For Six Years

A prolific distraction burglar who targeted homes in Poole is behind bars after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

Mark Anthony Rhodes, 28, admitted to stealing items from addresses along Richmond Hill and Birds Hill Road in Poole on Thursday 16 February 2012. 

He had convinced victims that his car had broken down and entered the addresses under the pretence that he needed to use a phone book.
Rhodes was arrested last month in connection with a variety of burglary offences throughout the country.

He appeared before Southampton Crown Court on Wednesday 18 April 2012 and pleaded guilty to two counts of dwelling burglary and one count of fraud. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment at the same court.

Detective Constable Charlie Soutine said: “Earlier this year, the investigation team issued a witness appeal, accompanied by an e-fit. I would like to thank our local media for their coverage of this appeal and also the witnesses who called in with valuable information about Mark Rhodes.

“Rhodes took advantage of vulnerable members of the community and I hope that this sentence sends a clear message that such actions will not be tolerated.

“I would also like to remind members of the public to be vigilant, keep a look-out for vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, and to report any suspicious activity to the police."