Three men jailed following burglaries in Burnt Oak
09 October 2012
Quick actions of residents and police lead three men being jailed for burglary.
The three men, Ahmed Abdullah, Aristote Miesi and Richard Tucker (all aged 22), were sentenced today, Monday 8 October, at Wood Green Crown Court for conspiracy to commit burglary.
"This was excellent teamwork between the public and police and everyone played their part."
The court heard how on 28 February 2012, three men were observed by residents, in a BMW, stopped outside addresses in The Meads and Goldbeaters Road, Burnt Oak. A man from the car knocked at the door of some of the houses, and asked if a named person was inside. In each case the occupant said that there was no one of that name and the man returned to the BMW and drove off. The victim then reported the incident to the police, along with a number of concerned householders also reported the suspicious activity along their road.
The same day, officers received a call from another resident in Benningholme Road, Edgware, to report that their house had been burgled and a large quantity of jewellery and other valuables had been taken and that a BMW had been spotted in connection with the crime.
Those reports were relayed to officers, and an unmarked police car in the area quickly picked up the trail of the black BMW. When the occupants realised that they were being followed they sped off, but were eventually stopped by the police car in Stag Lane.
The passengers, Ahmed Abdullah and Miesi, ran off and were pursued by another police car which was following the chase. Miesi threw away a black bag which he had been carrying, before being arrested alongside Abdullah. The driver, Richard Tucker, who had stayed in the car, was also arrested at the scene .
From the descriptions given to the police by the residents of Goldbeaters Road, all three men were identified.
The bag thrown away by Miesi was retrieved, and it's contents were examined and found to contain jewellery and other items to the value of £3500. The bag and all of its contents were identified as belonging to the family living at the Benningholme Road property. All three men originally denied any involvement, and were charged with burglary on 29 February.
Ahmed Abdullah, 22, of Stirling Road, Harrow, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment
Aristote MIESI, 22, of Chalkhill Road, Wembley, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
Richard Tucker, 22 of The Deane, Wembley, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.
Abudllah and Miesi had earlier pleaded guilty to burglary while Tucker was found guilty of burglary following a two-day trial.
Detective Constable Chris Wall, of 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.
“I must also pay tribute to the officers who arrested these men; they responded quickly and were determined throughout the vehicle pursuit and foot chase. This was excellent teamwork between the public and police and everyone played their part with distinction.”