‘Reformed’ thief who advised people how to prevent break-ins is jailed for burglary

‘Reformed’ thief who advised people how to prevent break-ins is jailed for burglary

A “reformed” thief who set up a business telling homeowners how to prevent break-ins is back in prison for burglary.

Sam Edwards, 28, launched ‘Sam’s Burglary Prevention’ in 2019 giving locals tips on how to avoid being targeted by thieves – like his former self.

He said at the time he’d turned his back on crime – previously stealing £20m of goods, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolex watches.

The burglar developed a wide set of skills over his 11 year criminal carer and could get through any door with a chisel quieter than a homeowner could with a key, he boasted at the time.

But the dad-of-one has been jailed after he admitted 11 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary in April 2022.

And he finds himself back behind bars after he was sentenced to three years and five months behind bars.

He stole “high value” jewellery from Berkshire homes during a seven-month crime spree between September 2021 and March 2022.

Police said Edwards also stole irreplaceable items of “high sentimental value” and he was arrested following a joint investigation between Surrey Police and Thames Valley Police.

Edwards, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years and five months’ imprisonment following a hearing at Reading Crown Court in April.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Baggaley of Thames Valley Police, said: “Edwards has broken into 11 properties and attempted to break into a further one.

“He stole not only items of high monetary value but also high sentimental value which cannot be replaced.

“A home is somewhere that you should feel safe and Edwards has breached this, making his victims feel vulnerable and unsafe.

“The defendant has now three years and five months to reflect on his actions.

“This was a joint investigation between TVP and Surrey and officers will work relentlessly to pursue suspects and bring offenders to justice for these type of offences and are committed to keeping our communities safe.”

Edwards set up his own business ‘Sam’s Burglary Prevention’ in September 2019 offering his services to those looking to tighten up their home security.

For £20-an-hour, homeowners could receive his top tips which included double bolting doors, putting keyless car entry cards in the microwave, and having specific alarm systems.

He said at the time: “People can trust me because I’ve done this for a living, I know what I’m talking about. I can give the vulnerable peace of mind.

“So far I’ve only had four or five customers, two of them had been robbed already and one had some valuables that they would rather keep hold of.”

He set up the business after turning his back on a life of crime following the birth of his son.

Edwards said: “I’ve ruined a lot of people’s lives over the years.

“I know this doesn’t make amends for that but it helps. I’m charging people £20 per hour, but in one burglary you could lose £100k so it’s a steal.”