‘Bandit’ burglar brought to justice

Date published: 24 July 2018 09:41
Dated: 24 July 2018 10:38:46

A prolific Doncaster burglar has been jailed for three and a half years after being found guilty of four counts of burglary and one count of attempt burglary.

David Stoakes, 37, of Warren Close, Intake, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 20 July, where he was jailed after entering a guilty plea at a hearing back in May.

Officers arrested Stoakes at the beginning of November last year, following an extensive investigation into a number of burglaries committed in Doncaster.

Between Thursday 26 October and Wednesday 8 November, four burglaries and one attempt burglary were reported at the Goose pub, Hall Gate, and The John Bull Inn, Thorne. In each incident the bandit machines had been specifically targeted and varying quantities of cash had been stolen with thousands of pounds worth of damage caused.

Officers launched investigations in to each incident and were quickly able to identify that the same motive and method had been used to force entry into the premises. This information, alongside forensic evidence found at the scene, led to Stoakes being identified and subsequently arrested and charged.

PC Joshua Heath who led the investigation said: “Stoakes is a prolific burglar who continued to commit crimes which effected local businesses, causing disruption and extensive damage.

“This has been a lengthy investigation that has involved making enquiries in the area, analysing CCTV, reviewing forensics from the crime scenes and appealing for witnesses. However, Stoakes has now been brought to justice and rightly punished for his actions.”

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