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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Burglar smashes window and confronts couple before snatching handbag

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A burglar smashed a window before climbing through into a house in Netherfield and stealing a woman’s handbag.

David Carey broke into the address in Deabill Street before running off during the early hours of 7 November 2020.

The victim and her partner were confronted by Carey after hearing the window smash. He fled with the bag which had a purse inside containing bank cards, toiletries and a quantity of cash.

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Police swiftly responded to the report and arrested the 37-year-old later that morning.

Following an extensive investigation some of the stolen goods were recovered in a nearby road and Carey was forensically linked to these items.

Carey, of HMP Nottingham, was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to burglary. He was jailed for 20 months when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 19 April 2021.

Detective Constable Christopher Copley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Burglary in itself is an incredibly intrusive crime, but coming face to face with an offender makes it even more traumatic.

“We know burglary is a blight on our communities but I want to reassure people that we treat all reports seriously and will investigate offences, support victims and work tirelessly to get offenders behind bars.

“Nottinghamshire Police has dedicated burglary teams in place which continue to work collaboratively with other specialist police teams to drive down burglaries and target offenders.”

Tackling and reducing burglary is among the key local policing priorities now being focussed on by police teams in the Gedling borough.

This ongoing work will involve involved the Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Team, Gedling Reacher Team and Special Constables conducting a mixture of plain-clothed and high-visibility patrols in burglary hot-spot areas and increased patrols.

Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Team inspector Chris Pearson said: “We want to send the clear message that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in the Gedling borough and we will continue to target offenders who persist in causing harm and misery in our communities.

“We are continuing to work closely together with our partners at Gedling Borough Council to tackle issues that our local residents and businesses have told us matter most to them.

“We understand the significant detrimental impact burglary can have and I’d like to reassure people that we will take robust action against those responsible for committing such offences and seek justice for victims.”

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