Sussex Police Burglary Update

First of South East’s most wanted burglary suspects arrested Max Nevin, 22, was arrested in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, after his name and photograph were published by Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Thames Valley Police as part of the hunt for a number of men who they believe could be responsible for dozens of break-ins across the region. A three-week burglary campaign is currently being run across the region – the first time the four forces have worked together to tackle the issue. Nevin, of no fixed address, was arrested at 10pm on Tuesday (11 November) at Robertsbridge railway station after calling police to tell them where he was. He has now been charged with conspiracy to burgle a home in Witherenden Hill, Burwash Common, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (13 November). Detective Chief Inspector Ian Williams, of Sussex Police, said: “Nevin contacted us as a direct result of the publicity about the men that we and the other three forces wanted to speak to about burglaries. “I would like to thank the public and the media for their help in tracing him but we still need to find and arrest the other nine men. “If you see any of them, or know where they have been or could be, please contact us immediately so we can prevent burglaries happening.” Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county. Police are still looking for these other nine suspected burglars:

  • Simon Knights, 38, is wanted for questioning about seven burglaries in Sussex, an attempted burglary in Sussex, three burglaries in Hampshire and one in each of Kent and Essex since 12 June. A £2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest and conviction for at least one of the offences.
  • Convicted burglar Simon Bercowitz is wanted for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence after he was released part way through a five and a half year sentence for a series of break-ins in Hampshire. The 64-year-old, of Marine Parade, Brighton, could be committing further offences.
  • Billy Foster, 20, of no fixed address, is wanted on suspicion of two burglaries in Smallfield, Surrey, on 6 April during which £15,000 was stolen. He is also wanted on warrant for failing to answer bail after he was arrested on suspicion of theft.
  • Stefan Grigor, 38, of no fixed address, is wanted on suspicion of burglary after a home in Cleaves Avenue, Epsom, was broken into on 15 July.
  • James Hanrahan, 21, is wanted over a burglary in Ridgeway Close, Camberley, in January. He is also wanted for recall to prison for breaching the terms of his licence after he was released partway through a 12-month sentence for dangerous driving.
  • David Powell is wanted in connection with three burglaries in the Gravesend area between 25 and 27 February. Powell is 26 and has connections with the Gravesend area and London.
  • Police want to speak to Patrick Doran about a burglary in Lennox Road, Gravesend, on 16 September. Doran is 39 and has connections throughout Kent and also in the Northampton area.
  • Vasile Rotaru was arrested on suspicion of committing two burglaries in Farnham Common in March 2012 but after being released while officers carried out further inquiries he did not answer bail and is now wanted.
  • Felipe Teixeira is wanted for questioning over a series of offences in Crawley. Officers want to speak to him about burglaries in Curteys Walk, Cowfold Close and Windsor Close in Crawley in July and August this year.

Members of the public are being urged to keep an eye out for the men and to call 999 if they see any of them. Pictures of the suspects are available here. Residents are also being asked to report anyone acting suspiciously in their area or vehicles that are seen being parked or driven at unusual times of the day or in roads they are not normally seen in. If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk. If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately. Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners – and so the offenders can be prosecuted. You can register your property in just a few minutes by visiting www.immobilise.com. You can watch a video about Immobilise and how it works here. Follow the burglary campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #LightLockList.