Prolific burglar jailed for seven years

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A prolific burglar has been jailed for seven years after being convicted of a string of break-ins.

Robert Brammer, 46, targeted four homes in rural locations in north Nottinghamshire shortly after being released from prison for similar offences. He stole an Audi A3 and a Ford Fusion during two of the burglaries in September last year and other items including jewellery, laptops, handbags and wallets.

Brammer, who had been living in the Ranskill area at the time, was jailed for seven years when he was found guilty of the offences at Nottingham Crown Court on 10 August, 2016. He was also convicted of handling stolen goods, in relation to stolen number plates used on a car linked to the burglaries. He had pleaded not guilty to all offences.

His associate Graham Baguley, 45, of London Road, Retford, was also given a nine-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as a drug rehabilitation order and an order to pay a £100 victim surcharge after admitting his part in one of the burglaries. He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 1 September, 2016.

Officers caught Brammer after he was arrested in connection with an unrelated incident in Harworth on 24 September, 2015. During the course of the investigation he was linked to a green Ford Mondeo car which had been identified as being linked to a number of the burglaries.

In one burglary, in Welham Road, Retford, on 3 September, 2015, Brammer stole an Audi A3, jewellery, watches, a handbag and wallet. The occupants of the house were asleep upstairs when he struck, gaining entry by drilling through a wooden window frame and using a clothes prop to grab a set of keys. DNA taken from the clothes prop was later matched to Brammer.

In another, at Grove House Farm, Misterton, between 13 and 14 September, he stole a Ford Fusion car, laptop computers, a handbag and wallet. The family was also asleep in the house at the time of the break-in. Again he got in by drilling through a wooden window frame.

Brammer also broke into a house in Arundel Drive, Ranskill between 17 and 24 of September, 2015, while the occupants were on holiday but fled empty-handed after being disturbed by the burglar alarm. When police searched Brammer’s green Mondeo they found mole grips, which were found to have been used to snap the lock at Arundel Drive.

And on 24 September, 2015, he also targeted Diggles Lodge, Barnby Moor, smashing a patio window to get inside before stealing jewellery while the occupants were out. Baguley was an accomplice during this burglary. The court was told he was seen on CCTV knocking at the door of the house shortly before Brammer broke in. Brammer’s green Mondeo was also spotted at the scene.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Mark Suaznabar, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “As well as removing a prolific burglar from the streets, the seven-year sentence sends a positive message. People can sometimes feel let down by the sentences given for burglary offences, considering the impact it can have on the victim, especially where the person responsible has previous convictions for burglary.

“Hopefully it will act as a deterrent to other offenders and show the victims of crime and residents of Nottinghamshire that this is dealt with seriously by the courts and police.”