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"I'm Burglar Bill from Coney Hill" housebreaker tells police

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

Kyle O'Shea and 'Burglar Bill'

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PROLIFIC housebreaker Kyle O'Shea joked to police officers when he was arrested that he was "Burglar Bill from Coney Hill".

The 24-year-old had raided two homes while on parole from prison when he made the flippant remark, referring to the storybook character with the catchphrase "I'll 'ave that".

O'Shea, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaking into a house in Sandhurst between July 20 and 23 and stealing a television worth £240, 330 Euros, a gold bangle, a mobile phone and other belongings.

He admitted burglary of a house in Orchard Close, Gloucester, and theft of two handbags and contents, an iPod and a mobile phone between July 30 and August 2.months at Gloucester crown court.

He has been jailed for 45 months for the crimes.

Giles Nelson, prosecuting, said on July 21, a Sandhurst householder, woke to find she had been burgled and a large amount of property had been stolen.

"There had been an untidy search," he said. "Drawers had been pulled out in the sitting room. The keys to her husband's car had been taken and the car had also been searched through."

Mr Nelson said the other victim found her living room window wide open and her handbags gone on August 1. O'Shea's fingerprints were found in both homes.

O'Shea was arrested on September 10. He said he had committed the burglaries with another man but he refused to name him.

Mr Nelson said O'Shea had numerous previous convictions dating back to 2000 and was a "three strikes" burglar liable to a minimum three year sentence.

Joe Maloney, defending, said O'Shea's drug addiction was at the root of his offending. He had been out of prison on parole since December 23 last year and had managed to stay out of trouble until July

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  • Hubert1841  |  October 13 2012, 7:54PM

    Geld him, then take him to a high tower, and defenestrate him.

  • Coingrass  |  October 13 2012, 7:47PM

    Refused to name his accomplice? Then he should get double-bubble and do his accomplice's time as well - consecutively.

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  • Grahambarker  |  October 13 2012, 8:13AM

    well crime pays - it alwasy has and the proceeds of crime act doesnt actullay hand anything back to the victim!! Scandalous.

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  • BertieBus  |  October 12 2012, 5:12PM

    Burglar Bill has now met PC Dibble and locked away. Maybe other Burglar Bills should note he has been caught and also turn over a new leaf... Fat chance!

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  • FreeRadical1  |  October 12 2012, 4:32PM

    Apparently 'Burglar Bill from Coney Hill' never managed to read to the end of the children's storybook 'Burglar Bill'. I'd never heard of the book, but it is obviously well known, and a review on the internet says that at the end of the book Burglar Bill "renounces his wicked ways and turns over a new leaf". If only Kyle could manage to do as much.

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  • saw54  |  October 12 2012, 1:52PM

    The victims name is printed in this mornings citizen

  • saw54  |  October 12 2012, 1:47PM

    Victims name was printed in the citizen.

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  • Sheba2010  |  October 12 2012, 1:40PM

    "........managed to stay out of trouble until July" - which means managed not to get caught!

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  • 2ladybugs  |  October 12 2012, 1:26PM

    @saw54....sorry, I must have missed something, I can't see any victim's names. No I can't see a anything about a car being stolen I must admit.

  • CaptCX  |  October 12 2012, 1:26PM

    In many cases such as this one, we are told by the defendant's solicitor that their client's thieving is down to their drug addiction. This statement is rarely challenged, or if it is, that challenge never seems to be printed in the court reports featured in The Echo, The Citizen or in TiG. The reason I mention this is that frequently, when you see pictures of the criminal, they are wearing relatively expensive and fashionable clothing. Now if they are addicted to drugs, then surely they want the money to pay for them to come from the easiest source possible - wouldn't the easiest, most straightforward means of getting ready cash be to sell their fashionable, marketable clothes, tracksuits and trainers? Yet they don't do they? Instead, they go out thieving. So their alleged 'desparation' doesn't stretch so far as to relieve themselves of their own possessions does it? Could it possibly be that they're not quite as desperate as they make out?

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