A mum has blasted police for not getting her son’s scooter back from a known offender who stole it five days ago.Oh, come on love! You can’t expect results that quic…
Wait, what? Known offender?
Max Whitaker, 17, was devastated when his silver scooter was taken from outside his home in Friars Street, Shoebury.And why not think that?
When his friends saw it being ridden through Friars Park by the known culprit they thought the case was cut and dry and Max would soon have his bike back.
Exasperated mum, Victoria Pallen, 39, said: “We’ve practically solved the crime for them. We know who it is. What concerns me is that my boys will steal it back and get themselves into trouble or get hurt. I don’t want my sons taking the law into their own hands.”Maybe the police do? Maybe that’d be easier for them to prove?
Hey, it’s all just numbers on a sheet to them, isn’t it?
An Essex Police spokeswoman said they had not yet interviewed the suspect.Just not very well. Or quickly.
She said: “Officers have worked with the family to search a number of locations. Officers continue to investigate.”
Well, what are they going to do? Hire a private detective?
Two dopey crooks led police to their door after giving pawnbrokers their real names and addresses while selling stolen loot./facepalm
Guiver, of St Chad’s Road, Tilbury, pleaded guilty to four counts of theft while Kennedy, of Gainsborough Avenue, Tilbury, admitted three thefts when they appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court.Oh, crap!
They were given 12-week jail terms, suspended for a year, and ordered to pay £120 compensation to one of their victims.
Was it worth catching them, even despite the tiny effort expended therein?
Following the sentencing, investigating officer Det Con Mike Ganly, of BTP, said: “Guiver and Kennedy stole bikes from stations in south-east Essex and thought they were being clever by selling the bikes in a different area.I wonder why they are persistent offenders?
“Not only were they known to BTP for previous offences, but handing over their personal details to receive money from pawnbrokers was not a smart move, and ultimately resulted in them being caught out.
“Both these men are persistent offenders who have caused misery to many people across south-east Essex.”
Ian Palmer, security manager for c2c, said: “We will continue to work closely with British Transport Police to prevent such instances of crime around the railway and to identify and seek prosecutions for those responsible.”I’ve only one question. Why bother?