Cambridge man who burgled Melbourn homes jailed thanks to help from eagle-eyed neighbours
A burglar from Cambridge has been jailed for 30 months thanks after his stolen car's number plate was noted down by concerned neighbours.
Joseph Mahon, 22, burgled two homes in Melbourn on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4, this year.
In Orchard Road, he ransacked the house and stole an iPad while at a home in Greenbanks he stole silver tableware and jewellery.
Neighbours noted down the registration of Mahon’s Audi TT following the Greenbanks burglary and later in the afternoon he was seen by Met officers in London.
Officers pursued him but slowed down because he was driving dangerously.
But the Audi was later found abandoned in North London and police investigations revealed it had been stolen in a burglary in Bedfordshire.
Mahon was found in North London soon after with the iPad and jewellery stolen in Melbourn.
Officers also found property from the burglaries in the Audi, along with Mahon’s fingerprint.
Mahon, of Fanshawe Road, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday May 31.
He was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment for each count, to run concurrently.
Det Con Ian Butcher, who investigated his crimes, said: “This is another prolific criminal locked up for a significant time.
“Justice has been done thanks to the prompt actions of neighbours, and the collaboration of officers attending the scene and their colleagues in the Met.”