ESSEX SPIDERMAN: ONLY WAY IS JAIL
8 years for raider who targeted rich and famous
A BURGLAR who used a rich list to target homes belonging to Apprentice boss Lord Sugar and West Ham chief David Sullivan has been jailed.
David Buisson, dubbed the “Essex Spiderman”, stole nearly £1million in designer jewellery and cash from mansions during a six-month “orgy” of break-ins.
Police found the ex-helicopter pilot, below right, had been on safe-cracking and locksmith courses, and used social media to make a list of the 192 wealthiest people in the county.
On the list was Mr Sullivan, joint chairman of the Premier League football club, whose home, above, was the target of an attempted raid.
Buisson, 49, was on the run last summer when Mr Sullivan offered a £25,000 reward for his capture and prosecution. A statement from West Ham at the time said: “Although the attempt on Mr Sullivan’s home was unsuccessful, he has encouraged anyone with information relating to the Essex Spiderman’s identity to come forward in a bid to stop the spree.” Mr Sullivan, inset, added: “To have someone attempt to break into your home is an awful experience.”
Buisson burgled a house owned by
Lord Sugar, while police were investigating him, on two consecutive nights.
He stole designer watches and jewellery worth £184,000 after using a ladder to get in. The next night he returned and made a failed attempt to drill open a safe. Basildon Crown Court heard Buisson targeted isolated mansions at night in the Epping Forest area, close to the TOWIE heartland.
The raids were planned in fine detail, with CCTV footage appearing to show the burglar knowing which room the owner’s safe was in – even when the safe had been hidden under floorboards and carpets.
Buisson, of Ongar, Essex, broke in with a burglary kit including drills, lock picks, an infra-red night vision camera and balaclavas.
He pleaded guilty to 10 burglaries and two attempted burglaries and was sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday.
It is believed he carried out more break-ins as he was not charged with an attempted raid on Mr Sullivan’s home.
TOOLED UP: The burglary kit found by police