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PUBLIC MENACE: Burglar sentenced after targeting Watford businesses

 Published on: 22nd August 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A burglar has received a custodial sentence after pleading guilty to three offences.

George Mitchell, 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of vehicle interference at Hatfield Remand Court on Friday, August 18.

The charges relate to offences in July and August this year.

In the early hours of July 31, Mitchell broke into Fratelli’s restaurant on The Parade in Watford High Street, where he stole alcohol, a debit card and £100 in cash.

Overnight between August 7 and August 8, Mitchell again broke into Fratelli’s restaurant and stole another £100 in cash.

On the morning of August 10, Mitchell was captured on a doorbell camera trying the door handle of a car in Westfield Avenue, but he did not gain entry.

In the early hours of August 13, Mitchell broke into Majestic Gentlemen barbers on Queens Road, where he stole a laptop and cash.

After pleading guilty to all three counts, Mitchell was handed an eight-month custodial sentence. In addition, he was ordered to pay £760 in victim compensation.

Detective Inspector Chris Parperi, who leads the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “Mitchell shamelessly targeted independent businesses run by members of our community, leaving them to pay for repairs to their premises, and replace items that he had stolen.

“This is a message for those who steal from hard-working business owners in Watford: we will investigate, and we will strive to provide justice to victims of crime.”

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