Burglar disguised in burka jailed for stealing over £17,000

15/01/2016

An employee of a children’s entertainment centre who disguised her appearance by wearing a Burka and stole over £17,000 from her employers has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment

Krystal Kerr, 28, from Stechford, Birmingham was employed by the Fun Station based in the Star City mall.

On 20 July 2015, staff members cashed up and placed the day's takings in the safe before locking up and leaving the store at 12:35am. Three minutes later, the defendant made her way into Star City, gained entry into the store by a key which she had stolen two months early and had copied, deactivated the alarm, opened the safe and stole £17,490.76.

She then left the shop, got into a waiting taxi which later dropped her off in Erdington and she then caught the bus home.

Police were able to locate Kerr from the taxi company which she had used. When they searched her home, officers discovered some loose floorboards. When these were removed they located a bag which contained £15,550.

The defendant was later charged with burglary other than dwelling to which she pleaded guilty to.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This was a pre-planned and well executed burglary committed by an employee who had breached her employer's trust in her.

"Two months before the theft, Krystal Kerr closely observed her fellow employees using the safe. She then stole a key off a member of staff, which she had copied and then returned the original key to the employee.

"Disguised in a Burka, she used this key to gain entry into the premises, deactivate the alarm system and stole over £17,000 from the safe - all within five minutes. She later burned the clothes she was wearing and hid the money under the floorboards in her house.

"The police managed to recover £15,500 of the stolen amount."