Conmen burglars jailed - Hertfordshire

25/01/2013

Burglars John Maughan and John Donaghue were jailed for 3 years 10 months each today, Friday, 25 January 2013, for a spate of crimes in Hertfordshire and across southern England.

Maughan, from Luton, and Donaghue, from Guildford, conned staff at community and sports clubs and a Chinese restaurant, getting away with over £23,000.

Prosecutor Alex Krikler for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court that  Maughan, 51, would distract the victims while Donaghue, 35, would sneak into the building, locate the cash and steal it from tills or the safe.

The victims included: Cuffley Youth Centre where £731.65 was taken by Donaghue after Maughan took a member of staff out to look at the guttering. £1,200 in petty cash was stolen from Mill End Sports and Social Club in Rickmansworth.

Other places targeted were: Golden Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant in Southbourne, Bournemouth, the Headington Conservative Club near Oxford, the Comrades Club in Goffs Oak, Potters Bar Cricket Club, Maple Cross Club, the Cotterells Club in Hemel Hempstead, Royal Naval Association Club, Welwyn Garden City and finally at Tabard Rugby Club in Radlett.

Maughan was stopped for an unrelated  traffic offence on 22 September last year - three days after he had been at the rugby club. He was identified from CCTV from many of the locations.

Donaghue handed himself into Guildford police station after a police appeal. Both men were identified from CCTV at many of the premises, said Mr Krikler.

Maughan of High Road, Luton and Donaghue of Larch Avenue, Guildford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle between 30 May 2011 and 20 September 2012.

Jailing them Judge John Plumstead said both men had many previous convictions. In the past Donaghue had used 35 aliases and Maughan had 15 aliases.

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