Prolific distraction burglar ordered to pay back ill-gotten gains


A prolific burglar who committed more than 100 burglaries has been ordered to pay back over £110,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

William Vinson, aged 59, of Cotswold Terrace, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was convicted in January 2012 at Oxford Crown Court of committing more than 100 distraction burglaries in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and in the West Mercia Police area.  He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

Following his conviction, Thames Valley Police's Economic Crime Unit began an investigation into Vinson's financial affairs, and discovered he had 50 per cent equity of a property in Banbury.

A confiscation hearing was brought against Vinson under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was heard at Oxford Crown Court yesterday, Thursday, 28 June 2012.  The Judge agreed that his benefit from his criminal conduct was £148,136.08, the amount available was £112,676.46, and the confiscation order was made in that amount.

From this amount, £28,953, in compensation will be paid to his victims.

Vinson has six months to pay the confiscation order or serve a further two and a half years in default on top of his nine year sentence and will still have to pay back the cash.