Man jailed for Peterborough burglaries after fleeing to Ireland

JAILED: Thomas McGrath
JAILED: Thomas McGrath
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A man who burgled homes in Peterborough and then fled to Ireland has been jailed for four years.

Thomas McGrath, 33, burgled a property in Alexandra Road on September 22, 2013. He smashed the back doors with a stone but left empty-handed after being disturbed.

The CCTV that led to McGrath's capture

The CCTV that led to McGrath's capture

McGrath, of no fixed abode, was arrested, denied the offence and was bailed pending further inquiries.

However, he failed to answer bail and detectives believe he fled to Ireland before returning and committing another burglary, this time at a detached property in The Paddocks, Werrington, on the afternoon of June 23 last year.

McGrath walked round the side of the house and then entered it, but was disturbed by one of the homeowner’s sons and he made off empty-handed.

Police were called and identified McGrath after viewing CCTV footage from the property.

Again, intelligence suggested he fled to Ireland, however, last Friday (September 25) police were called by his partner saying he was in Peterborough.

McGrath was arrested and admitted the Werrington burglary and asked for the Alexandra Road offence to be taken into account.

The following day he was recalled to prison to serve an existing sentence for burglary and on Wednesday (October 30) he was jailed for four years at Peterborough Crown Court.

DC Pete Wise, who investigated, said: “McGrath believed he could commit offences in Peterborough and then escape detection by fleeing to Ireland.

“However, he came back to confront his partner about a domestic issue and he’s now been brought to justice.

“We take burglary very seriously and will not give up tracking down those responsible.”