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‘Brazen’ Chingford burglar caught after leaving DNA at the scene

The 25-year-old left a crowbar covered in his DNA at the crime scene
By Waltham Forest Echo

Alfred Pire from Chingford (credit: Surrey Police)
Alfred Pire from Chingford (credit: Surrey Police)

A Chingford man who stole £23,000 from a house in Surrey was caught and jailed after leaving his DNA at the scene.

Alfred Pire, 25, of York Road, burgled a home in East Street, Epsom, on 23rd May, forcing his way in with a crowbar and making off with thousands in cash.

However, in his rush to get away, Pire left the crowbar behind – covered in his DNA. CCTV footage also showed a man that looked like Pire acting suspiciously in the area that day.

On 17th October at Guildford Crown Court, Pire was sentenced to 32 months in prison. The money he stole was never recovered.


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PC Brown, from Surrey Police, said: “Pire was brazen enough to drive to the scene in his own vehicle and use a crowbar to break into the victim’s house.

“He stole a significant amount of cash that was the proceeds of years of hard work and long hours from the victim’s business. The impact this has had on the victim has been huge.

“We know that when your house is burgled victims can feel extremely violated and uncomfortable in their own home.

“No-one should have to feel like this due to another persons’ selfish and criminal actions, so we are very pleased that we were able to bring the victim some closure with the successful prosecution of Pire.”


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