Police welcome jail sentence for burglar
POLICE have welcomed a five-year sentence for a prolific burglar whom they said was responsible for countless break-ins across the town.
Russell Bastow, of Mazurek Way, Swindon, was found guilty of Burglary and sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Friday and Wiltshire Police hope this will send a strong message to criminals who target homes.
In April this year, Bastow managed to gain access to a house in Liden through the kitchen window and was discovered by the homeowner, rummaging through his bedroom.
The 33-year-old then chased the owner out of the house wielding a large metal tool.
During the burglary, Bastow managed to steal jewellery and tamper with a computer.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Today’s sentencing sends a stark message out that burglary is a serious offence and will be dealt with as such.
“Bastow is a prolific offender who has been involved in countless burglaries in and around the Swindon area.
“His actions have had a severe affect on many people in the town.
“Burglary is a personal crime and many victims feel their home has been violated by intruders.
“We would urge anyone who witnesses anything suspicious or as any information on any incidents of burglary to come forward. “All information given to the police will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information or who has been a victim of crime should call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Also, advice about making homes more secure can be found on the Wiltshire Police website – www.wiltshire.police.uk.