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Wembley burglars jailed for targeting Burnt Oak property

PUBLISHED: 14:50 08 October 2012

Richard Tucker was sentenced to 15 months

Richard Tucker was sentenced to 15 months

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Trio caught after residents called the police

Burglars from Wembley have been jailed after quick thinking residents alerted the police to a trio of men who were acting suspiciously.

Richard Tucker, 22, of The Deane, Aristote Miesi, 22, of Chalkhill Road, both Wembley, and Ahmed Abdullah, 22, of Stirling Road, Harrow, were all sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court today (Monday) for conspiracy to commit burglary.

The court heard how the men were spotted behaving suspiciously in a black BMW on February 28 by residents of Burnt Oak in Edgware.

One of the men was seen knocking on doors of homes and asking if a particular was inside if someone answered.

When told by the occupant that there was no one of that name at the house, the man returned to the car and drove off.

Residents contacted the police and the same day a call came in from a householder in a nearby road that they had been burgled and had jewellery taken.

Police were also told that a BMW had been spotted, and officers in an unmarked police car caught up with the trio and forced them to stop in Stag Lane.

Abdullah and Miesi ran off – chased by another police car – and Miesi threw away a black bag he had been carrying before he was arrested with Abdullah. Tucker, the driver, was arrested at the scene after staying in the car.

Police retrieved the bag thrown away by Miesi and found it to be containing jewellery and other goods worth around £3,500. The bag and its contents were identified as belonging to the family of the home which was burgled.

Abudllah and Miesi were sentenced to 10 and 12 months respectively after pleading guilty to burglary. Tucker was sentenced to 15 months in jail after he was found guilty of burglary following a two-day trial.

Det Con Chris Wall, Barnet CID, said: “The vigilance of members of the public was crucial in bringing these men to justice; their action meant the victims had their treasured possessions returned to them. We would ask people who witness suspicious behaviour to follow their example and call police immediately.”

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