Burglar sentenced after witnesses help police catch him red-handed

Richard Taylor pleaded guilty to burglary
Richard Taylor pleaded guilty to burglary

A Brixton man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after members of the public helped police catch him with a haul of stolen goods.

Richard Taylor, 49, was sentenced on Monday to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Croydon Crown Court, after pleading guilty to burglary.

Police were called by members of the public, on October 20 last year, who said they had seen someone breaking into a home in Redford Avenue, Thornton Heath.

The witnesses told officers they had seen the man get into a vehicle and drive off. Police were then able to trace the vehicle to Taylor’s flat in Loughborough Park.

Inside they found the watches, jewellery and laptops which had been stolen in the burglary. Taylor was then arrested and charged the next day.

Detective Constable Kim Lim, who investigated the case, said: “This is a great example of the public and police working together that has resulted in a burglar being caught.

“Thanks to the quick thinking of the public, who had seen Taylor acting suspiciously and the swift work of the uniformed officers attending his address, he has been caught whilst still in possession of the items he’d stolen, which have since been returned to the victim.”