Bungling Catford burglar took police on tour of his crime scenes

Maurice Cadogan

Maurice Cadogan

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A bungling burglar who twice stole from his own Catford block of flats before taking police on a tour of his crime scenes has been jailed for a total of five years.

At Woolwich Crown Court this month, Maurice Cadogan, 48, admitted six burglaries including two at Milford Towers where he lived.

A Lewisham police analyst linked Cadogan to the string of burglaries across Rushey Green due to similarities in witness descriptions and the method used to break-in.

When officers turned up at his home, Cadogan invited them in and they immediately saw a black jacket with fluorescent lining, woolly hat and dark-rimmed glasses - identical to items seen by witnesses when their properties were burgled.

Cadogan admitted stealing bottles of alcohol and three watches from various properties near where he lived.

He happily admitted other burglaries and, on leaving his home, pointed out to police two other addresses he had targeted in Milton Towers, along with further homes in Brookdale Road and Silvermere Road which he had attempted to break into.

During a police interview, Cadogan admitted he also stole a laptop and several other items in order to buy drugs.

Investigating officer PC Jim Horan, from Operation Trilogy: "I am pleased that Cadogan has received a custodial sentence.

"There can be no mitigating circumstances, burglary has a huge impact on victims and reducing and preventing these offences are priorities for the borough. 

"Through good intelligence work we were able to establish that the person responsible was Cadogan and arrest him before he had the opportunity to commit any further burglaries."

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:14pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dr. Nick says...

Hmmm, not the brightest bulb this one, no criminal mastermind here.

Sadly, if he does have a drug addiction, putting him inside is not going to help alone; he needs drug counselling as well or when he comes out he will be ... well, a recidivist - and therefore a drain on future resources and funds. Rather a sad circular situation really when you look at it.

N.B. I am sure SLB will have something to say on this one either in words or negative votes (place your bets).
Hmmm, not the brightest bulb this one, no criminal mastermind here. Sadly, if he does have a drug addiction, putting him inside is not going to help alone; he needs drug counselling as well or when he comes out he will be ... well, a recidivist - and therefore a drain on future resources and funds. Rather a sad circular situation really when you look at it. N.B. I am sure SLB will have something to say on this one either in words or negative votes (place your bets). Dr. Nick
  • Score: -6

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree