On Friday 16th January 2015 a 22 year old man from Roundwood Road, High Wycombe was sentenced to more than six years’ imprisonment after being convicted of attempted robbery and a number of burglaries.
The man was convicted of attempted robbery by a jury at Aylesbury Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary and asked for another to be taken into consideration.
At around 8.00pm on Monday 27 January 2014 the man approached a 31 year old man in Rutland Avenue, High Wycombe and punched him to the floor. He held out a knife and demanded the victim’s personal belongings. When a member of the public intervened, the convicted man ran away.
The convicted man also carried out burglaries in Cressex Road on Wednesday 28th May 2014, Arundel Road on Monday 1st September 2014 and burglaries in Gordon Road and Albion Road on Monday 17th November 2014.
In each case, he forced entry into the properties and carried out messy searches, before stealing items including laptops, jewellery and cigarettes. In some of the cases, the occupants of the properties were asleep upstairs.
The convicted man asked for a burglary in Bookerhill Road on Monday 29th September 2014 to be taken into consideration.
He was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment for the robbery. He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for two burglaries and 15 months’ imprisonment for the two other burglaries.
The burglary sentences will run concurrently to each other but consecutively to the attempted robbery sentence, meaning he was sentenced to a total of six years and nine months’ imprisonment.
Investigating officer Det Con Alex Kratky from High Wycombe local CID said: ‘I am satisfied that the sentence passed today reflects the seriousness of offences that [the convicted man] has committed and hopefully this will go some way in providing the victims of his crimes with some closure.
Following an unprovoked and particularly violent robbery in January last year, the investigation led to [the convicted man] being identified and charged, after which he maintained his innocence and elected to take the case to trial.
Whilst on court bail for this, he has gone on to commit at least five burglaries to various residential properties across High Wycombe, one of which was during the night whilst the occupants were upstairs, which was terrifying experience for them.
Some excellent joint investigations by all the teams at local CID in High Wycombe ensured that [the convicted man] was linked and charged for four burglary offences.
On 9 January, following his trial at Aylesbury Crown Court, the jury found [the convicted man] guilty of attempted robbery. He was then faced with a lengthy prison sentence and he has finally put his hands up and accepted his guilt for all four burglaries. Further to this he admitted a fifth burglary just hours before his sentencing.
I’d like to thank all the victims and witnesses for their courage and patience, all the High Wycombe police officers involved and especially to the team at local CID, High Wycombe.‘