Crumbs! Serial burglar caught with DNA on biscuit munched at Sydenham crime scene

News Shopper: Lola Williams has been jailed for four years after admitting five distraction burglaries in Sydenham Lola Williams has been jailed for four years after admitting five distraction burglaries in Sydenham

CRUMBS! A burglar has been caught with her hand in the cookie jar after she left a half-munched chocolate biscuit at one of the scenes of her Sydenham crimes.

Police have now revealed how the biscuit-eating burglar befriended five Sydenham residents in one day before ruthlessly stealing from them - but left DNA clues on the teatime treat she had with one 84-year-old victim.

News Shopper: Crumbs! Serial burglar caught with DNA on biscuit munched at victim's Sydenham home

In a move that really takes the biscuit, Lola Williams shared a cup of tea and sob story with an elderly lady in Longfield Crescent before going upstairs and looting her home.

But the 31-year-old, of Manor Place, Southwark, might not find prison is her cup of tea after being jailed for four years at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to five distraction burglaries.

Police say unemployed Williams was tracked after preying on "kind-spirited" Sydenham residents - often targeting the elderly and using emotional appeals to be let into their homes.

Her tall tales included saying her brother had been in an accident and she needed shelter from the cold, to being thirsty, needing the toilet, and being locked out of her house.

In the space of a single day, she targeted five homes in Longfield Crescent, Dartmouth Road, and Sydenham Park Road and made off with wallets and cash on November 21 last year.

News Shopper: Crumbs! Serial burglar caught with DNA on biscuit munched at victim's Sydenham home

A 49-year-old man in Dartmouth Road found her banging on the window asking to use the phone as she had lost her house-keys. She pretended to dial before swiping his wallet from a bedroom.

Williams landed in hot water after a DNA swab from the half -eaten chocolate digestive consumed at her first crime in Longfield Crescent led detectives to her Southwark abode.

Detective Constable Kevin Seed from Lewisham's Serious Acquisitive Crime Unit said: "I am really pleased with the result of the investigation.

"It was the DNA on the biscuit that led us to Williams together with the work of our forensic experts.

"Williams thought that she had devised a clever ploy to get into people’s homes, but it was her befriending tactic that eventually let her down.

"She exploited the goodwill of those kind-spirited people she targeted."

He added: "She will have plenty of time to think about what she did behind bars."

From biscuit to burglar

  • November 21 2012: Williams preys on the kindness of five Sydenham residents to enter their homes and rob them
  • April 26 2013: DNA evidence from the biscuit matches with an address where Williams is found, arrested and identified by one of the victims.
  • August 29 2013: Williams is sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to four years in prison

 

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1:26pm Tue 8 Oct 13

kentlad says...

looks like a man, when they did the DNA test did they also carry out a gender test?

Horrible piece of scum!
looks like a man, when they did the DNA test did they also carry out a gender test? Horrible piece of scum! kentlad
  • Score: 13

5:01pm Tue 8 Oct 13

the wall says...

Nasty bit of work. Don't slip in the showers.
Nasty bit of work. Don't slip in the showers. the wall
  • Score: 4

2:30pm Wed 9 Oct 13

concerned.erith says...

This one really takes the biscuit
This one really takes the biscuit concerned.erith
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Wed 9 Oct 13

DinoFish says...

What a scumbag and what a stupid way to get caught. No wonder most people don't want anything to do with strangers with individuals like this about.

Well done to the Police for using their brains, when clearly she didn't.

The correct end to this story is for a well known Biscuit manufacturer to give rewards/prizes to all the victims in a blatant publicity stunt, but a stunt where everyone wins.
What a scumbag and what a stupid way to get caught. No wonder most people don't want anything to do with strangers with individuals like this about. Well done to the Police for using their brains, when clearly she didn't. The correct end to this story is for a well known Biscuit manufacturer to give rewards/prizes to all the victims in a blatant publicity stunt, but a stunt where everyone wins. DinoFish
  • Score: 3

3:29am Thu 10 Oct 13

Jeffles says...

This same person knocked very loudly on our front door and windows in Sydenham Park Road at around 4.55pm on the 21st November last year. It was so unusual that I made a diary note of the incident. It felt like we were under attack and we did not want to answer the door to her. She made off up Dartmouth Road but I was concerned to find out why she was banging on our windows. I managed to catch her up but at first she denied banging on our windows. She looked a little different to the photograph as her hair was longer and in plaits. Apparently she was on her way back to Miriam Lodge. I asked her not to do it again or I would call the police. Amazing to see this story and what happened to her which explains everything.
This same person knocked very loudly on our front door and windows in Sydenham Park Road at around 4.55pm on the 21st November last year. It was so unusual that I made a diary note of the incident. It felt like we were under attack and we did not want to answer the door to her. She made off up Dartmouth Road but I was concerned to find out why she was banging on our windows. I managed to catch her up but at first she denied banging on our windows. She looked a little different to the photograph as her hair was longer and in plaits. Apparently she was on her way back to Miriam Lodge. I asked her not to do it again or I would call the police. Amazing to see this story and what happened to her which explains everything. Jeffles
  • Score: 5

10:33am Fri 11 Oct 13

rescoffering says...

the wall wrote:
Nasty bit of work. Don't slip in the showers.
...it's a woman you clown!! lmao!!
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Nasty bit of work. Don't slip in the showers.[/p][/quote]...it's a woman you clown!! lmao!! rescoffering
  • Score: 5

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