Bournemouth man behind commercial burglaries in town jailed

20 June 2019
A Bournemouth man who admitted committing a string of commercial burglaries in the town is behind bars.

Lewis Gibson, 38 and of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on Monday 17 June 2019 after pleading guilty to five counts of burglary at a previous hearing and asking for 11 other burglary offences to be taken into consideration. He was also sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to a separate incident in Wimborne Road in Bournemouth on Tuesday 19 September 2017. 

He was jailed for two years and four months in total.

The first burglary offence took place at around 12.15am on Monday 1 April 2019 at W2 food and drink shop in Post Office Road. Gibson ‘donkey-kicked’ the glass of the door, squeezed through a hole and stole cash from the till, a tablet and laptop.

He also admitted being responsible for other burglaries at Café Thrive in Richmond Hill, on Tuesday 2 April, Debenhams in Commercial Road on Wednesday 3 April, the Cosy Club in Old Christchurch Road on Monday 22 April and Ojo Rojo, also on Commercial Road, on Tuesday 23 April 2019. 

CCTV was seized and viewed and officers identified Gibson as being the offender.

On Tuesday 23 April 2019 an officer was on cycle patrol in the town when he spotted two known class A drug users entering the stairwell of the Avenue Road car park. He followed them and identified Gibson among the group. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Gibson fully admitted the burglary offences when interviewed. He also admitted to committing a further 11 commercial burglaries, which he asked to be taken into consideration when sentenced. 

Detective Sergeant Adam Gill, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “Burglary offences have a huge impact on local businesses and I would like to reassure them that we take this crime extremely seriously. We will investigate them and do all we can to bring offenders such as Lewis Gibson to justice.”
 
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