A burglar who launched a business telling homeowners how to protect their homes from thieves has returned to prison for burglary.
Sam Edwards, 28, who started 'Sam's Burglary Prevention' to advise homeowners on how to prevent getting burglarised, has gone back on his promise to lead a life of crime.
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The former thief made quite a name for himself as he reportedly stole £20 million (AUD$ 34. 29 million or USD $ 22.2) of goods during his criminal days.
However, the thrilling life of felony proved to be too tempting for the father of one, who has now been sentenced to three years and five months in prison after he admitted to 11 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary in April 2022.
Police said Edwards stole ‘high value’ jewellery from Berkshire properties between September 2021 and March 2022.
Authorities noted that the robber stole irreplaceable items of ‘high sentimental value’, and was arrested following an investigation between Surrey Police and Thames Valley Police.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Baggaley of Thames Valley Police, said: "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.”
While running 'Sam's Burglary Prevention' in 2019, Edwards offered £20 (AUD $34.36 or USD $22.3) an hour, so homeowners could receive hot tips on how to protect their properties, which included adding double-bolting doors, putting keyless car entry cards in the microwave, and having specific alarm systems.
He said of his business: "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."
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