One-man crimewave grandad with 117 convictions jailed again in burglary bust – Mirror Online
A grandad-of-15 is behind bars after a one-man crimewave which saw him break into a church, a school, pubs and a warehouse.
Kevan Shaw – who has 117 previous convictions for 31 offences – caused thousands of pounds worth of damage during the series of burglaries, which happened over a few weeks.
One warehouse, the Dougie Macmillan warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent, was broken into twice by Shaw, a court heard.
He also targeted a methodist church, two pubs and a junior school, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
In another shocking incident, Shaw led police on a chase in a stolen car before he was finally detained following a crash.
Now the 51-year-old, from Longport, has been jailed for 26 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Rupert Jones said the defendant broke into the warehouse in Federation Road overnight on November 24 and 25.
Mr Jones said: “He entered after cutting through a fibre glass ceiling. Significant damage was caused to doors, cabinets and safes. The damage was estimated at between £2,000 and £3,000. A total of £50 was taken from a cash float along with a quantity of jewellery, some of which contained diamonds.
“He was forensically linked to the crime at the point of entry.”
Just days later, Shaw attempted to burgle Moorpark Junior School overnight on December 6 and 7.
Mr Jones said: “The defendant was seen on CCTV smashing the window of a minibus. No entry was gained to the building. He was identified from the CCTV by a police officer.”
In another shocking incident, Shaw was spotted driving a stolen Land Rover in Middleport at 10am on December 15.
The car had been taken from outside a house earlier that morning.
Mr Jones said: “Police drove towards it but the defendant reversed, driving over a stationary motorbike before driving forwards to get past the police car.
“He drove towards Tunstall and drove at 50mph in 30mph zones. He swerved between cars on both sides of the road. He drove in a bus lane and clipped a kerb as he turned into Roundwell Street. In Ladywell Road an oncoming car had to swerve of the way.
“Police were about to abort the pursuit when he lost control and drove through a telegraph pole.
“The defendant tried to run away but was detained.”
Shaw pleaded guilty to burglary, attempted burglary, handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, refusing to provide a sample to test for the presence of a class A drug, refusing to provide a specimen for analysis, and driving without insurance.
He also asked for 11 burglaries to be taken into consideration.
Adam Watkins, mitigating, said the defendant worked as a builder after being released from jail in 2008. But he returned to using class A drugs in 2018 after the death of his wife.
Mr Watkins said: “After a few months he was not able to afford the drugs and he resorted to the spree of offending. He is deeply ashamed of what he has done.”
Shaw was disqualified from driving for three years and until he passes an extended test. The ban will start when he is released from jail.
Judge Paul Glenn told Shaw: “The two offences involving the Douglas Macmillan Warehouse I find particularly mean offences. You are a local man and know the work they do as a charity to help people with end of life care.
“It is sad that having done so well from 2008 you resorted back to using drugs when your partner passed away.”