Narrowboat burglar jailed after thefts in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Thames Valley, Avon and Somerset and other counties
11:12am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A THIEF has been jailed after a series of narrowboat burglaries across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and six other counties.
Allan Campbell, 39, was wanted by Wiltshire Police before he was arrested in Lincolnshire following an incident of disorder.
He was brought back to the county and charged with five counts of burglary. He admitted them and asked for 15 more to be taken into consideration when he appeared before a judge at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.
Two of the narrowboat burglaries happened in Gloucestershire, three in Avon and Somerset and one in the Thames Valley. Other areas included Warwickshire, Lancashire, Bedfordshire and Devon and Cornwall.
Campbell, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four and-a-half years imprisonment.
DC Nick Mackian said: “Again and again this man targeted his victims with total disregard for just how much impact his crimes were having.
“Any incident like this is much more than just lost possessions. On top of the often arduous task of replacing those items that can be replaced it’s an invasion of someone’s personal and private space, something that can leave people feeling frightened in the very place they expect to feel safe.”