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Man jailed for series of burglaries

News   •   May 16, 2018 11:41 BST

[Jailed: Terrence Carroll]

A man who burgled three commercial properties in Camden has been jailed for 20 months.

Terence Carroll, 50 (25.01.68) of Macklin Street, WC2 was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday, 14 May for three counts of burglary.

He pleaded guilty to the offences earlier that same day.

The court heard how, on three occasions this year, Carroll stole a number of high value items from businesses in the Camden area.

In the first incident, Carroll entered the New London Theatre on Drury Lane on Thursday, 11 January. The venue was closed when he broke in at approximately 06:00hrs by abseiling down a skylight before stealing 32 bottles of champagne worth about £2,400.

Carroll was seen carrying bin bags loaded with alcohol outside the property and was identified by officers following CCTV enquiries.

On Wednesday, 17 January, Carroll targeted a dental surgery on Short Gardens. He broke into the premises whilst it was closed and stole a television and a camera.

DNA evidence linked him to the scene.

The third incident relates to a burglary at Bunga Bunga on Drury Lane on Thursday, 12 April.

At approximately 05:06hrs, Carroll broke into the premises by smashing through a back door. Whilst inside, he stole a Samsung tablet and a bottles of champagne, vodka and rum.

He was arrested on Friday, 13 April at his home address on suspicion of the three burglaries.

He was charged on Saturday, 14 April and remanded in custody.

PC Alvaro Aracena-Fuentes, from Camden’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "Carroll is a prolific offender who targeted local businesses in an attempt to steal high value goods.

"This sentence sends a clear message that those engaged in this type of crime will be brought to justice.

"I would like to thank officers in Holborn and Covent Garden for their dedication and perseverance in linking this man to a series of burglary offences in Camden this year."