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Man jailed for burglary and robbery

News   •   Oct 04, 2019 16:20 BST

Russell Benjamin

Merseyside Police has today, Friday, 4 October, welcomed the sentencing of Russell Benjamin for two burglaries and a robbery.

At around 3.45pm on Monday, 13 May, it was reported that a 57-year-old woman was approached by a male in Cawdor Street in Toxteth. He grabbed her, causing her to fall to the floor, and attempted to make off with cash before members of the public came to assist.

On Saturday, 18 May, it was reported that an offender had gained entry through a window to a property on Bird Street, Toxteth in the early hours, before making off with a mobile phone, cash and jewellery.

The next day, Sunday, 19 May, a report was received of a burglary at an address on Ling Street. A vehicle stolen during the incident was recovered a short time later being driven by Benjamin, who was arrested and later convicted for driving offences.

Following an investigation, 46-year-old Russell Benjamin was forensically linked to both burglaries and identified in relation to the robbery.

He pleaded guilty to all three offences and was today sentenced to a total of six years, eight months in jail at Liverpool County Court.

Detective Inspector Steve Ball said: “Benjamin gave no consideration to his victims, who I have no doubt were left distressed by his actions, and I am pleased to see him put behind bars for a considerable amount of time today.

“It is simply unacceptable to recklessly take the hard earned belongings of decent people and through Operation Castle, we will continue to tackle burglary and put offenders before the courts.

“Operation Castle, the forces response to burglary, has seen significant success in identifying, charging and bringing to justice burglars across Merseyside and we want this work to continue supported by the local community, so we can carry out positive action and identify those responsible.”

Anyone with information on burglary can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also contact officers from Operation Castle directly on 0151 777 7926 or operation.castle@merseyside.police.uk.