Community leaflet drop helps jail window-cleaning burglar for eight years

Runnymede Residents Community Web Site

image001A Surrey Police investigation has seen a window-cleaner jailed for eight years for stealing elderly victims’ sentimental jewellery.

Ben Crittenden was found guilty of nine charges of burglary and sentenced at Guildford

Ben Crittenden Ben Crittenden

Crown Court today (Tuesday 28 April) for the offences committed at sheltered housing complexes in the West Molesey and Cobham areas, while other victims lived at private houses across Elmbridge.

The 26-year-old of Cornwall Way, Staines-upon-Thames preyed upon his customers as he worked and stole items including a £38,000 ring and a box containing the ashes of a widow’s husband.
Officers were able to bring him to justice after distributing around 1,000 leaflets in the Elmbridge community on New Year’s Eve in 2013 which showed images of stolen jewellery and disclosed it had been recovered from a window cleaner.
This enabled the investigation team from Staines CID to build up a pattern of offending and confirm…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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