Quick-thinking councillor uses app to snare burglar

Quick-thinking councillor uses app to snare burglar

Quick-thinking councillor uses app to snare burglar

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A QUICK-THINKING councillor helped police snare a prolific burglar who broke into his home.

When Trevor Byford’s Westcliff home was raided and his iPad stolen, he decided to switch on the Find My iPad app to try to trace the device.

The GPS signal showed the iPad was at Canvey’s Thorney Bay caravan park and he called police.

Officers arrested 40-year-old Christopher Hoy at the park. At Basildon Crown Court, he was jailed for three years.

Southend councillor Mr Byford said the break-in had caused him to have sleepless nights. He said: “I live in a prison since the burglary.

The doors are locked all the time, evenwhen I amat home. We triple lock everything at night and have a dog. In the nights after the burglary, I set my alarm to go off every 45 minutes, so I could check nobody was in the house.”

Mr Byford spoke after a judge sentenced Hoy for aggravated vehicle taking and two counts of burglary.

The court heard Hoy had convictions dating to 1990 for burglary, handling stolen goods, attempted burglary, taking a vehicle without consent and possessing class A drugs.

Hoy broke into Mr Byford’s house between 2am and 5am on October 12 and stole the iPad.

In the same month, Hoy also broke into a house in Lymington Avenue, Leigh.

The victims went to bed at 9.30pm, but when they got up at 7.30am, they found a wallet, cash and car keys had been taken and a black 13 plate Mini had been stolen from the driveway. The car was recovered a short distance away.

The court also heard Hoy, who was born in Liverpool, had a history of drug use and depression.

There was a ten-year gap in his offending while he was working as a drug rehabilitation worker in Devon.

But the court was told he returned to a life of crime after suffering two bereavements and the breakdown of his marriage.

Hoy had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Judge John Lodge, said: “These offences were committed while the occupier was at home. You are a burglar who went back to your old ways and you knewwhat you were doing.”

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10:04am Tue 20 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

What a fantastic piece of technology, to be able to snare this low life scum, in such a way, must have numbed his skull
What a fantastic piece of technology, to be able to snare this low life scum, in such a way, must have numbed his skull VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 10

11:22am Tue 20 May 14

pembury53 says...

“I live in a prison since the burglary. The doors are locked all the time, evenwhen I amat home. We triple lock everything at night and have a dog. In the nights after the burglary, I set my alarm to go off every 45 minutes, so I could check nobody was in the house.” ...... crikey, you need to chill down a bit ! granted, it can't be pleasant to know such a grubby toad has been rifling through your stuff, in the dead of night, but life goes on..... let the pooch earn its keep.....
“I live in a prison since the burglary. The doors are locked all the time, evenwhen I amat home. We triple lock everything at night and have a dog. In the nights after the burglary, I set my alarm to go off every 45 minutes, so I could check nobody was in the house.” ...... crikey, you need to chill down a bit ! granted, it can't be pleasant to know such a grubby toad has been rifling through your stuff, in the dead of night, but life goes on..... let the pooch earn its keep..... pembury53
  • Score: -7

12:02pm Tue 20 May 14

_Lotus_ says...

pembury53 wrote:
“I live in a prison since the burglary. The doors are locked all the time, evenwhen I amat home. We triple lock everything at night and have a dog. In the nights after the burglary, I set my alarm to go off every 45 minutes, so I could check nobody was in the house.” ...... crikey, you need to chill down a bit ! granted, it can't be pleasant to know such a grubby toad has been rifling through your stuff, in the dead of night, but life goes on..... let the pooch earn its keep.....
Have you any idea of the trauma a person goes through when their house is broken into, only I don't think you have a clue.

People have been known to move after a burglary due to just not being able to relax in their own home afterwards.

Yes, life does go on, but very differently for many after that happens.

Glad the little sh!te was caught.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: “I live in a prison since the burglary. The doors are locked all the time, evenwhen I amat home. We triple lock everything at night and have a dog. In the nights after the burglary, I set my alarm to go off every 45 minutes, so I could check nobody was in the house.” ...... crikey, you need to chill down a bit ! granted, it can't be pleasant to know such a grubby toad has been rifling through your stuff, in the dead of night, but life goes on..... let the pooch earn its keep.....[/p][/quote]Have you any idea of the trauma a person goes through when their house is broken into, only I don't think you have a clue. People have been known to move after a burglary due to just not being able to relax in their own home afterwards. Yes, life does go on, but very differently for many after that happens. Glad the little sh!te was caught. _Lotus_
  • Score: 14

12:53pm Tue 20 May 14

SLord90 says...

Put him away forever! or just put him down...
Put him away forever! or just put him down... SLord90
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Tue 20 May 14

danger2013 says...

Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location.
Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location. danger2013
  • Score: -1

2:00pm Tue 20 May 14

Gym And Steroid Lover says...

danger2013 wrote:
Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location.
Yes you are correct. They wouldn't of been able to locate him. It was a such a big mistake for such a small task. He now has 3 years too work out how to switch off an IPad.
[quote][p][bold]danger2013[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location.[/p][/quote]Yes you are correct. They wouldn't of been able to locate him. It was a such a big mistake for such a small task. He now has 3 years too work out how to switch off an IPad. Gym And Steroid Lover
  • Score: 8

6:06pm Tue 20 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

I just connect the door handle to 230volts of EDF's power network
Every morning I have to kick them off the handle
And yes before you ask there is a sticker saying high voltage as my solicitor said if I didn't have a sticker they could sue me! Lol
Only joking please don't try this!
I just connect the door handle to 230volts of EDF's power network Every morning I have to kick them off the handle And yes before you ask there is a sticker saying high voltage as my solicitor said if I didn't have a sticker they could sue me! Lol Only joking please don't try this! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Tue 20 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Hey he's wearing a grey track suit
Is he or is he not?
Hey he's wearing a grey track suit Is he or is he not? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

6:57pm Tue 20 May 14

abd123 says...

Switching off the ipad will stop the location service but it will be of no use switched off. Would you buy an ipad off him if he told you that you could never switch it on? Or if they come knocking on your door you would have to show who you got it from or face a handling charge.
Switching off the ipad will stop the location service but it will be of no use switched off. Would you buy an ipad off him if he told you that you could never switch it on? Or if they come knocking on your door you would have to show who you got it from or face a handling charge. abd123
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Tue 20 May 14

railfan235 says...

Gym And Steroid Lover wrote:
danger2013 wrote:
Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location.
Yes you are correct. They wouldn't of been able to locate him. It was a such a big mistake for such a small task. He now has 3 years too work out how to switch off an IPad.
pushung the power at the top does not fully turn off any ipday there always on unless the battrey dies
[quote][p][bold]Gym And Steroid Lover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]danger2013[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking? if the burglar switched the iPad off after he stole it, the app wouldn't be able to give his location.[/p][/quote]Yes you are correct. They wouldn't of been able to locate him. It was a such a big mistake for such a small task. He now has 3 years too work out how to switch off an IPad.[/p][/quote]pushung the power at the top does not fully turn off any ipday there always on unless the battrey dies railfan235
  • Score: 0

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