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Burglar jailed after 170 pairs of glasses and sunglasses stolen from Halstead opticians

Burglar jailed after 170 pairs of glasses and sunglasses stolen from Halstead opticians
A burglar who was involved in stealing glasses and sunglasses with a retail value of nearly £30,000 has been jailed for two years and four months.

Burglars targeted Wardale Williams Opticians in Halstead High Street twice – once overnight between June 28 and June 29, 2018 and then again at around 3.35am on July 14.

In total around 170 pairs of glasses and sunglasses with a retail value of nearly £30,000 were stolen.

During the first break-in two men were seen on CCTV – one waited outside while the other, later identified as 26 year-old Ryan Boreham, entered the shop and took more than 120 pairs.

During the second incident three men were captured on CCTV as being involved.

Around six hours after the second incident the owner of the opticians reported three men walking past the shop with one of them appearing to be wearing a pair of sunglasses with same tags on that the shop used.

When officers attended they located the men, one of whom was Boreham. The other two men did not have any stolen items on them but Boreham was found to have five pairs of sunglasses in a carrier bag which still had the tags on them.

He was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

During a search of an address in Elizabeth Way, Halstead, where Boreham was staying, more stolen items were discovered and he was further arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Through further investigation, officers identified Boreham’s fingerprints at the scene as well as his DNA.
Boreham was later charged with two counts of burglary, which he admitted when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on April 30.

He was jailed for 28 months for each offence, to run concurrently, at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Thursday May 30.

Investigating officer PC Harry Gould said: “Ryan Boreham stole thousands of pounds worth of items, causing the business a significant loss.

“Not only that, but he brazenly flaunted the stolen items by wearing a pair of sunglasses he’d taken while walking past the shop just hours after one of the burglaries.

“Due to the evidence against him, he had no choice but to plead guilty and I hope he uses his sentence to reflect on his actions.”

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