Masked burglars and getaway driver jailed following Ascot burglary

Published: 31 Mar 2014 16:00

Three masked burglars and their getaway driver have been jailed following a burglary in Ascot.

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Ishtiaq Ali, aged 34, of Belfast Avenue, Slough; Sean Hewitt, aged 35, of no fixed abode; 34-year-old Brian Seagrove, of High Street, Slough; and 32-year-old Mumtaz Ali, of Belfast Avenue, Slough, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday, March 28.

Ishtiaq Ali and Hewitt were both sentenced to three years and four months each; Seagrove was sentenced to two years and Mumtaz Ali was jailed for one year and eight months.

All but Hewitt pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary during an earlier court hearing.

Hewitt was found guilty following a three day trial at Reading Crown Court.

At approximately 8.50pm on Saturday, October 26, last year, Hewitt, Seagrove and Ishtiaq Ali, were confronted by two residents after they burgled a house in Burleigh Road in Ascot. All three were wearing masks at the time.

During the confrontation, one of the masked men threw a crowbar towards one of the two men who were trying to stop the trio from running off.

Hewitt, Seagrove and Ishtiaq Ali got into a waiting Ford Focus being driven by Mumtaz Ali.

However, a witness nearby managed to take note of the car’s registration plate which was passed onto the police.

At approximately 9.35pm, the Focus was spotted making off from police along the London Road, Slough.

However, the vehicle eventually came to a standstill as it entered a cul de sac. Mumtaz Ali was arrested from the vehicle while Ishtiaq Ali was arrested in a neighbouring street.

With the assistance of the police’s helicopter, Seagrove was found hiding in a nearby garden and arrested. Hewitt was arrested five weeks later at an address in Oxford.

Detective Constable Andy Wroe, investigating officer, said: “This was a planned offence with offenders travelling to commit a burglary within an affluent area of Berkshire. They went prepared with a crowbar and screwdrivers.

“Although a large quantity of jewellery was stolen during the burglary, we were able to recover it through our inquiries and return to its rightful owners.”

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