‘Hon­ey­trap’ women jailed over bur­glary

Man lured into first date when house was raided

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO women who cre­ated a ‘honey trap’ to lure a man into a first date, dur­ing which time his house was bur­gled, have been jailed.

Ac­cord­ing to Met Po­lice, one of the women posed as the vic­tim’s date while her as­so­ciate helped in the bur­glary of his home in Hayes.

At around 7.45pm on May 12, Sarah Ire­land, 26, of Webbs Road, Hayes, and Amy Mof­fatt, 25, of Van­drough Cres­cent, Northolt, were fill­ing their car with petrol at Sains­bury’s fill­ing sta­tion in Lom­bardy Re­tail Park, Hayes, when they spot­ted the man, aged in his 40s, at an adjacent pump.

Mof­fatt spoke to him as she was stand­ing be­side the pump and asked for his phone num­ber, which he gave her.

Dur­ing this time Ire­land re­port­edly re­mained in the driver’s seat of the car, watch­ing them.

Both cars then left the petrol sta­tion and a short time later Mof­fatt sent a text to the vic­tim to agree a meet­ing spot later that evening.

At 9pm, Mof­fatt and the man met at Botwell Cres­cent and they walked to­gether to a nearby pub.

Dur­ing the walk the vic­tim told Mof­fatt where he lived.

Within min­utes Ire­land at­tended the ad­dress in Hayes in the com­pany of a male as­so­ciate.

They forced the front door open and found a teenage boy. They told him that they were search­ing for some­one.

Dur­ing this time, Ire­land kept the boy talk­ing while the male sus­pect searched the up­stairs bed­rooms and stole per­sonal be­long­ings and jew­ellery.

The pair left mo­ments af­ter and the boy called his mother who re­turned home and im­me­di­ately called po­lice.

She also called her male ten­ant who was at the pub with Mof­fatt. He left and im­me­di­ately re­turned home.

Po­lice from Hilling­don Bur­glary Squad re­port­edly found that the male vic­tim told of his un­cer­tainty about the woman he met that night, af­ter a hunch he had about her be­hav­iour and the events at the house.

From his ac­counts, po­lice found CCTV ev­i­dence from the petrol sta­tion which led to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of a black Vaux­hall As­tra, which Mof­fatt and Ire­land had been us­ing.

De­tailed enquiries then led to the lo­ca­tion of both women who were ar­rested in late May.

Both women ap­peared at Isle­worth Crown Court on Novem­ber 12, when they were each sen­tenced to two years’ im­pris­on­ment for bur­glary af­ter plead­ing guilty ear­lier this year.

Po­lice con­firmed that de­spite ex­ten­sive ef­forts the male sus­pect re­mains out­stand­ing.

Det Con Okiki Okunola, of Hilling­don’s Bur­glary Squad, said: “Both women played on the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of a boy in his own home and the trust of a man who thought Mof­fatt was a gen­uine love in­ter­est.

“The speed both women worked to that evening clearly demon­strates how cal­cu­lated and heart­less they were.

“Tack­ling bur­glary re­mains a fo­cus point for our polic­ing team and a num­ber of proac­tive, in­tel­li­gence-led oper­a­tions are un­der way to de­tect and pre­vent the sea­sonal rise in bur­glar­ies as­so­ci­ated with longer and darker nights.

“We have al­ready seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in res­i­den­tial bur­glary and this work will con­tinue well into the New Year and be­yond.”

n JAILED: Sarah Ire­land and Amy Mof­fatt

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