Man Jailed For Bournemouth Flat Burglaries

15 March 2019, 11:10 | Updated: 15 March 2019, 11:12

Sean Lewis Bournemouth burglar jailed

A man's starting four and a half years in jail for burgling three flats in Bournemouth.

Sean Lewis, who's 52 and from Owls Road, admitted the break-ins in Florence Road in January.

He was arrested wearing the same clothes he'd been seen in, and 'sweating profusely'.

Lewis appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 8 March and was handed a three-year jail term for the burglary offences and an 18-month jail term to run consecutively for breach of a community order, which was imposed on 14 August 2018 for similar burglary offences.

At around 12.55pm on Thursday 3 January 2019 a couple were inside their flat in Florence Road when they heard a massive bang come from the front door. The male occupant saw their front door had been forced open and a black man was stood in the hallway. They screamed at the man and he ran off.

The pair called Dorset Police and gave a good description of the offender.

Officers arrived and discovered two other flats had also been broken into while the occupants were out.

It was established that a MacBook Pro, Nintendo 3DS, black Panasonic camera and bag had been stolen from one address.

Due to description given, officers visited Lewis’ home. They spotted him on the landing outside his flat wearing identical clothing to the description given by the victims and sweating profusely. Once he saw the officers he ran into his flat.

Officers gained access and arrested Lewis on suspicion of burglary.

A search of his flat was carried out and officers located the items stolen that day from Florence Road as well as a number of other items that were suspected to have also been stolen in other burglaries.

Lewis was interviewed and admitted the offences, stating he owed money due to an old drug habit.

Detective Constable Chris Raspini, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: 

“I would like to praise the officers who attended the scene and quickly identified Lewis as being the suspect. It was due to this quick-time investigation that vital evidence was found in his address and led to him admitting the offences.

“Dorset Police takes burglary offences very seriously as they can be extremely distressing experiences for residents.

“I hope that the sentence imposed by the court demonstrates the offenders such as Lewis will be brought to justice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that they can take some simple crime prevention measures to protect your property from burglars such as Lewis.

“For crime prevention advice visit www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/.”