8 years for raider who tar­geted rich and fa­mous

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JON AUSTIN sun­day@dai­

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

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