Man Jailed for Distraction Burglary in St Peter's Square

Stealing from elderly couple "a particularly nasty crime"

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A 54 year old man was sentenced to three and a half years in jail at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, March 15 following a "despicable" distraction burglary in Hammersmith.

On Monday December 15, 2009 Kevin Douglas cold called the home of an elderly couple, a 76 year old woman and her 84 year old husband along St Peter's Square, Hammersmith.

He claimed that he was looking to buy old books and was invited in. Once inside, Douglas took advantage of the age of his victims and without invitation, proceeded to walk into several private areas, including the victims' bedrooms.

He then rummaged through their personal possessions and managed to steal two sentimental antique watches that have not been recovered.

Douglas was convicted of the crime at Kingston Crown Court on February 21 and was remanded in custody.

The thief was also given an ASBO to run indefinitely and ordered to pay compensation costs of £100 to his elderly victims.

Detective Sergeant Paul Mitchell from the Burglary Squad based at Hammersmith Police Station said: " This is a satisfying conclusion to what was a particularly nasty crime perpetrated against a thoroughly decent, elderly couple.

" Kevin Douglas deliberately targeted what he thought would be easy prey and his actions were despicable. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the victims of this crime who have showed dignity, courage and patience in a protracted case that saw them giving evidence over two years after the offence was committed".

Sergeant Mitchell added: " Whilst this crime is still relatively rare there are criminals out there who are taking advantage of people's good nature, especially senior citizens.

" I would like to reiterate the message that you should not invite strangers into your home if you are not expecting them. If people turn up claiming to be from a utilities companies check their ID rigorously, ring their company if need be and don't be afraid to turn them away of you have doubts.

" Be extremely cautious of people offering services on your doorstep. If you have antiques to sell go to a reputable dealer and don't run the risk of being duped by unscrupulous individuals like Mr Douglas."



March 16, 2011