The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Sunday, 22 September

Neville's Nicking Nulled - Bogus Burglar Banged-up

A man who posed as an office cleaner in order to steal IT equipment worth approximately £17,000 has been jailed for a total of four years.

In order to avoid arousing suspicion, Neville Gray would present himself as a cleaner, allowing him access to various offices in the City. After tricking his way into numerous offices he was able to make off with a significant amount of goods including mobile phones, a projector, multiple laptops and cash from office workers' desks. During his burglary spree, Gray amassed goods worth approximately £17,000.

The 35-year-old was sentenced, just before Christmas, at the Old Bailey for 17 counts of burglary, one count of burglary with violence and one count of burglary with intent to steal after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing. He was handed a four year sentence for each offence, all to be served concurrently.

Gray targeted multiple occupancy office blocks on Cheapside, Cornhill, Leadenhall Street and Fredericks Place; as well as other locations in the City, often in the afternoon.

City of London officers were called on Tuesday 11 October 2016 to a premises on Old Jewry. They stopped a man leaving via the fire exit carrying two Apple iPads and two laptops. He admitted to officers on the street that he had stolen the items in his possession. It also transpired that Gray had also burgled a premises on London Wall earlier in the evening and stolen a phone and assaulted the security guard.

When City of London Police detectives began to investigate they found that Gray was responsible for numerous burglaries across the City, including one dating back to Monday 9 November 2015.

Detectives were able to use CCTV images to place Gray at a number of burglaries over a 12 month period.

Detective Constable Hannah Sydney, who led the investigation and linked Gray to the multiple offences, said: “Gray is a prolific burglar and was able to trick his way into office buildings. He was not afraid of talking to staff, quite the opposite, he acted as if he were employed in the building. Gray seized upon any opportunity to gain access to office premises. A door closing behind someone leaving the building or employees going into work - these were all chances for Gray to exploit.

“I thank the members of staff who confronted Gray and questioned his story. Remember, challenge unknown people at work - if someone is attempting to gain access to your place of business and you are not sure who they are - ask to see identification. A legitimate person would not be offended and will be able to prove who they are.”

 

Man arrested under Terrorism Act bailed

A man arrested at Heathrow Airport for an offence under the Terrorism Act has been bailed.

Officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) arrested a 50-year-old man at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, 4 January as he disembarked a plane from Cairo. He was arrested under s58 TACT (possession of articles containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism).

He has now been bailed to a date in mid-February pending further enquiries

A search of a residential address in north London as part of the investigation has now been completed.

The arrest was pre-planned and not in response to any immediate danger but as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of terrorist activities overseas. This arrest was not related to ISIS or Syria.

Picture: Neville Gray of Percy Circus WC1 will not be home for a while

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

Blown Away - Hole in the Wall Gang 'Banged' Up

Friday 3 saw three men sentenced to over 30 years imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court for using ‘explosive gas’ to rob 27 cash machines (ATMs) across London...

 Read Full Article
Corrupt NHS Official Jailed For Accepting Bribes

A corrupt NHS official who accepted bribes of £80,000 in exchange for awarding lucrative IT contracts has been jailed for three years at Guildford Crown...

 Read Full Article
Cyber - The New Billy the Kids on the Block

Three men are/were due to appear at the Old Bailey, charged with various offences linked to an investigation that was launched in October 2015 by the Met’s Falcon...

 Read Full Article
Convictions - Lack of Basic Care Kills Security Guard

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Javaid Iqbal, a 29 year old father of three, was employed by London...

 Read Full Article
Massive Fine & Jail Sentences After Horrific Fatality

A recycling company has been fined £880,000 and two people have been given suspended prison sentenced after the death of an agency worker who was drawn into...

 Read Full Article
Flying Squad Swoops On Inside Men

Two former security guards have been found guilty of a conspiracy to steal £7 million after a three week trial at Kingston Crown Court. Mohammed Naheen Siddique,...

 Read Full Article
Scaffolding - Dangers Exposed

Date: August 21 - Construction company fined after worker fell from height A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries after...

 Read Full Article
Stealing Dinner Money and Nicking Data

A school finance manager who stole £46,000 of dinner money has been jailed. Jacqueline Robb was jailed last week at Manchester Crown Court, for ten months after...

 Read Full Article
FM Fraudsters Go to Jail - CORRECTION

Surrey Police have contacted ThisWeekinFM and asked us to correct inaccuracies - which they accept full responsibility for as they relate, in the main, to the calculation...

 Read Full Article
Spiked Railings Horror Fall Sees Manslaughter Convictions

A construction firm has been convicted of the manslaughter of two workers who died after falling from a central London balcony. One of the workers fell on to spiked...

 Read Full Article