Gems thief steals jewellery from Ramsgate store with rod
A fishing rod similar to
the one used by burglar Trevor Greene
Burglar Trevor Greene went "fishing" in a jewellers and caught a
whopper... gems worth thousands of pounds!
The 52-year-old raider used a fishing rod after knocking
a hole in a wall of an adjacent derelict shop in Ramsgate.
Greene and other gang members then used a fishing rod and line
to hook their catch of jewels.
Greene claimed he was just the look-out for the thieves – but
when police found the fishing rod used in the raid at Cartmel
Jewellers in Queen Street, it had his DNA all over it.
Greene, who claimed his cut of the £31,000 theft was just £50,
was jailed for 26 months after admitting burglary in May last
Canterbury Crown Court heard how he was caught "hook, line and
sinker" after being spotted by a passing police officer who
When interviewed, Greene admitted burgling the shop but said he
had only been recruited as a look-out.
Canterbury Crown Court,
where Greene's case was heard
He refused to name any of the other alleged gang members
"because he didn't want to be thought of as a grass".
The court heard that none of the jewellery was ever recovered
and was believed to have been sold in Thanet.
At the time of the break-in Greene, who had no fixed address,
was subject to a conditional discharge for stealing a young mum's
purse when her child ran off.
She left the purse on a cafe table and Greene stole it. He took
cash out and threw it away.
Oliver Saxby QC, defending, said Greene had been sleeping on
Thanet streets since 1999.
He said: "The idea for the burglary was not his. He was
approached by people who wanted a lookout.
"There were others involved and he was not the planner of the
"He's been very stupid and he knows it. If he carries on the
life he is living he says he will end up dead on the street."
The judge, Recorder Mark Ockleton, said Greene had helped knock
a hole in the jeweller's shop wall late at night before using the
rod to grab his "substantial" haul.
He had given no help in identifying other gang members and none
of the jewels has been recovered.
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