Burglar who ‘borrowed’ car to transport stolen goods jailed
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A burglar who stole thousands of pounds worth of property during multiple burglaries in Bedford has been jailed.
In a twist in the investigation, Bedfordshire Police’s specialist burglary team, Operation Maze, found that Timothy Hall had in fact returned the vehicle he had previously taken after he had used it to transport stolen goods home.
Hall committed four burglaries between Friday 26 and Monday 29 May 2023, while occupants were away for the bank holiday weekend.
CCTV footage captured Hall arrive at one of the properties around 9:45pm on the Sunday and leave just after 11pm with holdall bags. He then returned nearly two hours later in a red Citroen and re-entered the house, before loading the vehicle with more stolen property, including designer clothes and electrical devices, and driving away.
Detectives discovered that Hall had taken the car during another burglary over the same period. CCTV captured the vehicle’s movements overnight, including periods when it was parked opposite Hall’s address.
The owners returned the following Tuesday to find the car outside their home, but the spare car keys and various other items missing as a result of the break-in. A neighbouring property also reported a burglary over the same weekend.
Hall, 46, of Goldington Road, Bedford, was arrested at his home address on 20 June. Officers recovered property belonging to two of the victims during a search of his residence.
During an appearance at Luton Crown Court last month, Hall pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and one count of taking a conveyance without consent.
On Wednesday 13 September, he was sentenced to three years and eight months behind bars.
Operation Maze’s Detective Constable Kevin Howes, who led the investigation, said: “It’s incredibly important that we are meticulous in our investigations and gather as much evidence as possible to ensure we don’t miss anything, especially when dealing with unconventional cases.
“We recognise the psychological impact, as well as financial impact, that burglary can have on victims when perpetrators like Hall forcibly invade the safety and security of their homes.
“Our commitment to tackling burglary remains unwavering and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that those responsible face the consequences of their crimes.”