Burglar jailed after stealing almost £30,000 worth of glasses from Halstead opticians
A burglar responsible for the theft of almost £30,000 of glasses and sunglasses has been jailed for more than two years.
Ryan Boreham, 26, of Elizabeth Way, Halstead, received two concurrent 28-month sentences at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary.
The charges were in relation to a pair of break-ins at Wardale Williams Opticians in High Street, Halstead, last summer, which resulted in a total of 170 pairs of glasses and sunglasses being stolen.
In the first burglary, which occurred overnight between June 28 and June 29, security cameras recorded Boreham entering the shop and stealing more than 120 pairs, while another man waited outside.
CCTV footage also captured a second incident, which involved three men, on July 14, at around 3.35am.
Six hours later, the opticians’ owner contacted Essex Police, after spotting three men walking past the shop, including one who was wearing sunglasses with the same tags that the shop had attached to them.
Officers traced the three men, one of whom was Boreham, who was found with a carrier bag containing five pairs of sunglasses, which still had the tags on them.
After arresting Boreham on suspicion of handling stolen goods, police discovered more stolen items when they searched his home, and subsequently arrested him on suspicion of burglary.
Forensic investigation identified Boreham’s fingerprints and DNA at the scene of the theft.
He later admitted two burglary charges on April 30.
Pc Harry Gould, investigating officer at Essex Police, said: “Ryan Boreham stole thousands of pounds worth of items, causing the business a significant loss.
“Not only that, but he brazenly flaunted the stolen items by wearing a pair of sunglasses he’d taken while walking past the shop just hours after one of the burglaries.
“Due to the evidence against him, he had no choice but to plead guilty.
“I hope he uses his sentence to reflect on his actions.”