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Jail for burglar who pretended to be the victim of theft – Cambridge News

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A prolific burglar, who lost his baseball cap as he fled the scene of a crime, tried to claim it had been stolen from him weeks earlier.

Sean Maher, 38, broke into a house in Orton Malbourne, Peterborough, on December 20, 2018, but was chased off when neighbours came to check on the house.

The neighbours had noticed a bedroom light on at around 9pm, and knowing the homeowners were away, used a key they had been given to enter the property.

One neighbour found Maher, of Saltmarsh, Orton Malbourne, upstairs in the bedroom. Maher had got in by smashing a patio door, but jumped out of the bedroom window, landing on a garden wall after seeing the neighbour.

Maher took with him jewellery and watches. Both neighbours went outside to follow Maher but he had escaped after jumping over a fence.

Police were called to the property where they found an Adidas baseball cap in the garden with Maher’s DNA on it.

He was then arrested and during an interview claimed to know nothing of the burglary. When asked how his cap had been found in the garden at the scene of the crime, he said someone had broken into his home weeks before and stolen the cap and clothes.

However, in February Maher pleaded to dwelling burglary and breach of a suspended sentence order for carrying a bladed article.

He was sentenced to 40 months in prison for burglary on Friday (July 26) at Peterborough Crown Court as well as 26 weeks in prison for breaching his suspended sentence, to run consecutively.

The court also took into consideration 11 other burglaries Maher had committed in Peterborough.

DC Thomas Adams said: “Maher must have thought it was his lucky day when he found a house with no one at home.

“Thankfully the homeowners had left a key with a neighbour, allowing him and another neighbour to interfere and cause Maher to leave in a hurry, losing his had and ultimately allowing us to identify him.”

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