Man convicted of thefts and attempted burglary
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,