Serial North West London burglar jailed after police caught him hiding in a garden shed

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A prolific Hendon burglar is behind bars after police caught him hiding in a shed with stolen goods. Bryan Mockble, of no fixed address, was sentenced to six-and-a half years in prison after admitting to four burglary offences in the Hendon area between December 2023 and May 2024.

The 60-year-old was arrested on Friday, May 10, after a member of the public spotted him trying door handles and moving in and out of houses on Elm Close. Met Police officers, sniffer dogs, and a helicopter were sent to the scene minutes later and quickly located Mockble hiding in a garden shed. He was found in possession of a stolen racing bike and a bottle of whisky.

Upon further investigation after his arrest, it was discovered that Mockble was also wanted in connection with three burglaries in other areas of North West London. Mockble pleaded guilty to all charges at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 7. He was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, June 25.

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He was also convicted of four breaches of existing criminal behaviour orders relating to previous offending. The magistrate took into account Mockble’s previous burglary convictions when handing down the sentence.

Inspector Yu Zhang, who leads the North West Neighbourhoods team and the investigation, said: “As part of our A New Met for London engagement events we have carried out locally, we actively listened to the concerns of our communities. Your voices have been heard and we are dedicated to reducing crime through community crime fighting initiatives.

“We are dedicated to reducing crime through these plans, operating in five boroughs across north west London and collaborating with partners. Our goal is to address issues effectively, enhance safety, build trust and minimise criminal activity across London.

“Apprehending prolific offenders like Bryan Mockble is a crucial aspect of our strategy and this is an excellent result.”

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