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Burglar jailed for Bt break-in

PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A BURGLAR who stole high tech computer equipment from BT has been jailed.

Michael Mulheron was one of a group of burglars who travelled from Peckham, in London, with the intention of stealing from a BT unit on Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath.

A BURGLAR who stole high tech computer equipment from BT has been jailed.

Michael Mulheron was one of a group of burglars who travelled from Peckham, in London, with the intention of stealing from a BT unit on Adastral Park, Martlesham Heath.

A police surveillance operation revealed how the men arrived in Martlesham in two Renault cars and took just over an hour to ransack the unit and return to the cars carrying computer equipment.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said the stolen computers, designed to test internet websites, were valued at £137,500. A further £12,500 of damage was caused to the unit and £50,000 was the cost of repairing the existing computer system.

Mr Cox said Mulheron, 26, of South London, managed to escape from the scene of the crime but was later arrested at his home.

The court heard that Mulheron originally denied the offence. He told police he innocently got into the car which drove to Suffolk believing "he was just going for a drive" with his brother and some friends.

Mulheron who has previous convictions stayed outside the unit while the other men including his brother Craig burgled it, the court heard.

Judge John Devaux heard that the stolen computers were recovered.

Judge Devaux said Mulheron had been described as a promising student who was to become a father for the first time in April.

"But this was a professional commercial burglary the value was high and considerable damage was caused," said the judge who jailed Mulheron for 18 months.

Bobbyjoe Ryan, 20, of Old Jamaica Road, London, was sent to a young offenders institute for four years for burglary and dangerous driving.

Gavin Challis, 22, of Layard Road, London, and Craig Mulheron, 27, of Marigold Street, London was sent to prison for two years for their part in the burglary.


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