‘Ex­cel­lent man hunt’ lead to pro­lific bur­glar’s ar­rest

Four year sen­tence af­ter ad­mit­ting 14 of­fences

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Paul Harper paul.harper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A ‘PRO­LIFIC bur­glar’ from West Dray­ton ad­mit­ted a fur­ther 14 of­fences af­ter a ma­jor po­lice man-hunt tracked him down.

At Snares­brook Crown Court on Mon­day last week Michael Ravi­raj was sen­tenced to four years’ im­pris­on­ment af­ter he pleaded guilty to four counts of bur­glary at an ear­lier hear­ing.

The 30-year-old ad­mit­ted a fur­ther 14 bur­glar­ies, which were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by the court when pass­ing sen­tence.

In April of­fi­cers from Red­bridge’s Proac­tive Unit be­gan an in­tense search for Ravi­raj, af­ter he was iden­ti­fied by CCTV ev­i­dence for bur­glary of­fences in the Wood­ford area.

At around 6.10am on May 21, of­fi­cers at­tended an ad­dress in Fall­ing Lane, West Dray­ton where Ravi­raj at­tempted to es­cape via the back win­dow.

He later gave him­self up and was sub­se­quently ar­rested, the court heard.

Var­i­ous items were seized from the prop­erty, in­clud­ing cloth­ing worn dur­ing the bur­glar­ies and he was charged with four counts of bur­glary.

The first charged of­fence oc­curred on Fe­bru­ary 28 in Blenheim Court, Nave­stock Cres­cent, Wood­ford. The court heard Ravi­raj forced his way into the prop­erty and stole a num­ber of elec­tri­cal goods.

The sec­ond hap­pened on March 13 in Lam­bourne Court, Nave­stock Cres­cent, Wood­ford, when Ravi­raj again forced his way into the prop­erty and stole an iPad.

The third took place on March 17 in Lam­bourne Court, Nave­stock Cres­cent, Wood­ford, where com­puter equip­ment was stolen

The fi­nal one oc­curred on April 21 in Zeus Court, West Dray­ton. Once in­side Ravi­raj stole a cam­era, lap­top, watch and jew­ellery.

Sergeant Matt Tay­lor said: “I am pleased with this sen­tence and can only hope that res­i­dents will be re­as­sured Ravi­raj will be off the streets for some time.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant Brett Ha­gen, from the foren­sic con­ver­sion team, praised the “ex­cel­lent man-hunt” by Sgt Tay­lor and his team to track down this “pro­lific of­fender”.

DS Ha­gen added: “The sen­tence of four years is a true re­flec­tion of the grav­ity of his crime spree.

“An ex­cel­lent and thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Andy Rev­ell and my team means nu­mer­ous vic­tims now have clo­sure on in­tru­sive bur­glary crimes.”

n HUNT: Pro­lific West Dray­ton bur­glar Michael Ravi­raj

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