Man con­victed of thefts and at­tempted bur­glary

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El­hadi Khe­lifa, 32, of no fixed ad­dress, was ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 17 in con­nec­tion with an at­tempted bur­glary at a prop­erty in Up­per Ge­orge Street on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The ar­rest led to Khe­lifa be­ing linked with a se­ries of other of­fences; a Mercedes car key was found which was iden­ti­fied as be­ing linked to a car theft from Dean­sway, Che­sham, on Fe­bru­ary 11.

When the Mercedes was re­cov­ered, it was found to con­tain a set of golf clubs – which were stolen from an­other car on Up­per Ge­orge Street overnight be­tween Fe­bru­ary 8 and 9.

Also found in the car was a torch, a por­ta­ble DVD player and doc­u­men­ta­tion re­lat­ing to an­other theft from a car in Nash­leigh Hill, Che­sham, which took place on Fe­bru­ary 12. Fur­ther en­quiries also later led to the re­cov­ery of a Bar­bour coat, which was stolen from a shop in High Street, Che­sham, on Fe­bru­ary 14 – Khe­lifa was caught steal­ing it on CCTV.

Khe­lifa was charged with all the of­fences on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17 and ap­peared at High Wy­combe Mag­is­trates’ Court the fol­low­ing day – he will ap­pear for sen­tenc­ing there on March 10.

Sargeant James El­lis of Chiltern and South Buck­ing­hamshire Lo­cal Policing Area said the of­fences caused un­rest in the town.

“Khe­lifa com­mit­ted these of­fences in Che­sham within a short space of time, which caused un­der­stand­able un­ease and con­cern within the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Thank­fully, our ded­i­cated Lo­cal CID of­fi­cers were able to promptly in- ves­ti­gate these of­fences and en­sure that he was iden­ti­fied and lo­cated. He is now no longer able to of­fend within our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Of­fi­cers also en­cour­age res­i­dents to no­tify them if they have any doubts about sus­pi­cious in­di­vid­u­als or ve­hi­cles in their area.

A spokesper­son for Thames Val­ley Po­lice said: “Sim­ple mea­sures can be taken to pre­vent prop­erty be­ing vul­ner­a­ble to theft.

“The fol­low­ing crime pre­ven­tion ad­vice can help avoid be­com­ing a vic­tim of ve­hi­cle crime: where pos­si­ble, se­cure your car overnight in your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

“When leav­ing your car, even for a cou­ple of min­utes, close all win­dows and lock your car. Don’t leave any­thing on dis­play in your ve­hi­cle and take all your per­sonal pos­ses­sions with you.”

The doorstep scam­mers conned the cou­ple out of £300,000 for the job be­fore re­turn­ing, pos­ing as Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cers, say­ing they had re­cov­ered the money but charged them an up­front £600,000 in re­cov­ery fees.

At the time, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil­lor Martin Phillips said: “Our chief con­cern now is an el­derly cou­ple dev­as­tated by the loss of their life sav­ings and we will do our ut­most to re­cover all we can of the money de­frauded from them.”

Gary An­drew Booker, of Queens Av­enue, Byfleet,

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