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Cross-dressing burglar caught trying on clothes by home owner

A cross-dressing burglar caught trying on women's clothing in a house he broke into, has been jailed for three years.

The prolific burglar was disturbed by the homeowners before he had a chance to steal anything as he had become waylaid dressing up in women's clothes.

Kieron O'Keefe, aged 23 years, spent two to three hours in the house dressing up, scrawling graffiti on a computer and ransacking drawers, a court heard.

Mr Recorder Stephen Rubin said the raider hadbehaved in a "weird fashion" in the house.

This was his fourth burglary in three years andpolice had taken to knocking on his family's door whenever there was a burglaryin the area.

O'Keefe broke into the home in Reading in August and was jailed for three years at Reading Crown Court.

Thieves smash their way into Newbury gadget shop

Thieves have used concrete paving slabs to break into a hi-tech gadget shop in Newbury. It happened at around 5.30 yesterday morning at the Stormfront store on Northbrook Street which sells Apple products like iphones and ipads. It's not known yet how much was stolen.

ITV Meridian spoke to James Collard, Retail Director at Stormfront.


Margate burglar jailed

Krystian Dubis has been sentenced to 28 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

A serial burglar who was caught after detectives tracked him down by his fingerprints has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Krystian Dubis, 23, of Athelstan Road, Margate, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 22 August after pleading guilty to burgling a dwelling in Cliftonville.

He entered the address in Stanley Road, through a window on 6 July and stole a laptop and charger worth £150.

Dubis was arrested on 25 July after officers found his fingerprints at the scene of the burglary.

He also admitted a charge of burglary other than dwelling in connection with stolen tools worth £1,000 taken from a communal cupboard in Union Crescent, Margate on 10 July.

"Due to overwhelming evidence by police Dubis had no option but to admit his guilt. This man showed little respect for people and stole their belongings without a second thought. I hope his sentence of 28 months will serve as a warning to anyone who is considering carrying out similar offences. Our team of detectives are committed to investigating reports of burglaries in the Thanet area and will continue to put their efforts into bringing offenders before the courts."

– Detective Sergeant Neil Watford, of Kent Police

Jewellery stolen from elderly man

Thames Valley Police has released an e-fit in relation to a distraction burglary in Main Street, Forest Hill.

Between 8.45pm and 9pm on Monday4 August, a man knocked on the door of an elderly man's house and asked to look in his back garden claiming his dog had jumped over the gate.

The victim accompanied the man into the back garden, he then returned to the property and noticed a second man in his house who ran out the front door.

The two men then fled the scene in a large black car.

The victim checked upstairs and noticed his gold-coloured pocket watch from Smiths of Witney, a pair of gold and pearl earrings, a gold necklace and a 1914 gold sovereign coin were missing.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Fran Griffin of Abingdon police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Brothers jailed for conspiracy to burgle

Two brothers have been jailed for nearly ten years for conspiracy to burgle across Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scott Blundell, aged 23, was jailed for a total of 5 years and 4 months after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 19 separate burglaries.

Scott Blundell has been jailed for 5 years and 4 months for conspiracy to burgle Credit: Thames Valley Police

His brother Jack, who is 21-years-old, was jailed for 4 years after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 14 separate burglaries.

21-year-old Scott Blundell was jailed for 4 years Credit: Thames Valley Police

The pair were arrested as part of an operation led by Thames Valley Police following burglaries reported in Maidenhead, Aylesbury, Thame and Oxfordshire.

Burglaries were also reported in Romsey, Shirley and Basset near Southampton in Hampshire.

All burglaries were committed late at night or in the early hours of the morning. They targeted insecure front doors which had not been double locked by the occupants.

Aftermath of Weyhill garage burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary at Weyhill Texaco Garage Credit: Weyhill garage
The safe was removed from the office and opened outside of the garage. Credit: Weyhill garage
Cash, which was in the safe, was stolen and about £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was also taken. Credit: Weyhill garage


£10,000 of cigarettes & tobacco stolen from Andover

Police are trying to piece together more information after cash and around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen from Weyhill Texaco Garage near Andover. Offenders made a large hole in a wall at the back of the building and then forced their way through internal walls to get the office.

They removed the safe and opened it outside of the garage. It happened between 2am and 3am on Tuesday, July 1. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Davis at Andover Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Detective Constable Alix Davis said:

“It is believed the offenders would have needed a large vehicle, maybe a 4x4, to get to the rear of the premises and also to have pulled the safe from the building.

“If you saw any large vehicles in suspicious circumstances, or have any information which could assist this investigation, please contact me as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Alix Davis

Coco and Flo the Pug dogs stolen from Reading home

Two of the three Pug dogs have been taken from the victims home in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Two Pug dogs have been stolen from a Reading home.

The victims were upstairs in their house in Foxglove Gardens on Saturday evening when the offenders entered the property.

The victims then heard a noise coming from downstairs and looked out the window to see the offenders running from the house.

It was then discovered that two of their dogs had been stolen, including an all black female Pug called Coco and a light brown female Pug call Flo.

Anyone with information should contact PC Laura Murray from Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

E-fit of suspect who broke into home with knife & spade

Police have released this e-fit of a suspect after an aggravated burglary in Southampton Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released this e-fit of a man after an aggravated burglary in Southampton.

The suspect, along with two others, broke into a house on Thackery Road in Portswood armed with a knife and spade.

They demanded money from the woman inside, who was looking after her seven-year-old son at the time.

One of the suspects was wearing a gas mask and the other had his hood covering most of his face.

As they were all leaving the property, one of the suspects hit the woman on the arm with the spade.

She was not seriously injured and nothing was taken.

The man police would like to speak to has been described as white, in his late teens and of slim build.

He has ginger hair and was wearing a grey/khaki beanie hat with a blue Nike tick, along with a bright blue puffa style gillet, a long sleeved black t-shirt, dark jeans and Nike trainers.

Anyone with information should contact DC David Wheeler at Bittern police station on 101.

War medals stolen during Kent burglary

Police are appealing for information to find two war medals stolen in Mereworth Credit: Kent Police

Two war medals were stolen as part of a burglary in Kent.

The items were stolen on Tuesday 15th April where burglars smashed a patio door at an address in Horns Lane before stealing cash and possessions, including two medals awarded to the victim's great-grandfather.

War medals were stolen during a Kent burglary Credit: Kent Police

The break-in is thought to have happened between 11.30am and 5.30pm when the offenders helped themselves to a silver tankard and around £100 in cash and an Xbox games console.

Police constable Michelle Marshall said: "These medals have stayed in the family for almost 100 years and are of huge sentimental value to Mr Kendall’s great grandson who has only recently taken ownership of them.

"This is a despicable crime and we are working hard to find those responsible and to recover what are precious and irreplaceable items to this family."

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