Distraction burglars jailed - Herts


Two men appeared at St Albans Crown Court today, Wednesday, 13 February 2013, and were sentenced to over 10 years imprisonment for committing distraction burglaries in Watford and Borehamwood.

John Gallagher, 43, from Ambleside Close, Leyton, and John Kerrigan, 41, of Hyde Close, Romford, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, 12 February 2013, and pleaded guilty to the offences at the beginning of their trial.

John Gallagher pleaded guilty to two distraction burglaries, and an attempted distraction burglary, which occurred in Watford and Borehamwood. He was jailed for six years nine months.

John Kerrigan pleaded guilty to two attempted distraction burglaries in Borehamwood, as well as driving whilst disqualified. He was jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for a year.

All of the incidents took place between May and August 2012.

The men targeted elderly people living predominantly in flats and used trickery to gain access to their victim's houses by stating they were doing work in other flats and there were issues with the water supply or damp, which they needed to investigate.

The men were eventually arrested after attempting to gain entry to two addresses in Saddlers Path on 25 August 2012. Police were alerted to the incidents and local officers attended and carried out a search for the offenders. Gallagher and Kerrigan made off from police in the van they were using, a Ford Transit. The van eventually stopped at a dead end in Edgewarebury Lane and the two men were arrested.