‘Commuter’ burglar caged over country house jobs
A BURGLAR who “commuted” hundreds of miles by TRAIN to break into wealthy people’s country houses has been jailed.
Gary Mayall, 36, went 120 miles from his home in Oldham, Gtr Manchester, to carry out a string of robberies at isolated properties in rural Shropshire and Herefordshire.
He was caught on November 23 last year when residents spotted him lurking by a house in Church Stretton, Shrops, and called the police.
He was jailed at Shrewsbury Crown Court this week for four years and eight months after admitting three burglaries.
He also asked for nine further burglaries to be taken into account.
Andrew Holland, defending, said Mayall was a career criminal but followed a “code” – which meant he never burgled a house belonging to elderly people.