Man jailed for commercial burglaries in Bournemouth

11 February 2019
A burglar who targeted a number of commercial premises in Bournemouth has been jailed.

Harrison Jack Archer, aged 21 and of Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth, was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 8 February 2019 after admitting five counts of burglary and an attempted burglary.

At around 9pm on Thursday 15 November 2018 two men were seen to smash a window of the Cherries Café in Curzon Road in Boscombe before throwing out a till and leaving the premises.

A further burglary occurred at Grade 92 Barbering in Southbourne Grove between 6pm on Saturday 17 November and 8am on Monday 19 November 2018 with a window smashed and till stolen.

Shortly before 1am on Friday 23 November 2018 entry was gained to Delice de Champs café in Gervis Place. The offender was seen to walk round the counter to the till but nothing was stolen.

Another break-in was reported to have occurred on the night of Tuesday 4 December 2018 at Little Pickles Café in Christchurch Road. Again nothing was stolen but a window was smashed to gain entry.

Following enquiries, evidence was found to link Archer to all four crime scenes and he was arrested on Thursday 6 December 2018.

He also admitted a burglary on Sunday 6 January 2019 at the Nail Lounge in Ashley Road and an attempted burglary involving a garage in Hares Green on the same evening. These offences were committed after he had been released on bail by the court with an electrically-monitored curfew following a hearing on Friday 4 January 2019.

Police Sergeant Adam Gill, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “Harrison Archer is a repeat offender who targeted a number of commercial premises in the Bournemouth area, even when he had been released by the court on bail.

“We are determined to protect businesses in the town from offenders such as Archer and I’m glad that through our investigative work we were able to identify him as the man responsible for these offences and bring him before the court to be sentenced.

“We recognise the emotional and financial impact this kind of offending can have on members of the business community and will continue to work with them to ensure they have appropriate security measures in place to help deter offenders such as Archer.

“I would urge anyone who has any information relating to commercial burglaries to contact us at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.” 
 
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