Burglar who struck in Arlesey and Melbourn sectioned indefinitely

PUBLISHED: 08:49 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 05 April 2018

James Maughan has been sectioned indefinitely after burglaries in Melbourn and Arlesey. Picture: Cambs police

James Maughan has been sectioned indefinitely after burglaries in Melbourn and Arlesey. Picture: Cambs police


A prolific burglar who smashed his way into homes in Arlesey and Melbourn before leading police on a car chase in London has been sectioned indefinitely.

James Maughan, 24, broke into a house in Arlesey on March 14 by smashing a patio window. He stole a money box and keys to a white Audi TT, which he then drove on stolen number plates.

On April 4, he smashed another patio window to break into a semi-detached bungalow in Melbourn. He ransacked the premises, smashing several jars of pasta sauce before stealing an iPad Mini and other personal items.

Later that day Maughan targeted a second home in Melbourn, a quarter of a mile from the first. He forced a patio door open before stealing jewellery, silverware and a collection of coins.

Several hours later, a Metropolitan police officer noticed the white Audi tailgating an ambulance through heavy traffic on the A406 North Circular in London. He began to follow but the Audi mounted a kerb, narrowly missing several pedestrians – so he called off the pursuit.

The car was found abandoned a short while later in Palmers Green in north London. Officers recovered items stolen from the two Melbourn burglaries, and forensic checks revealed Maughan‘s fingerprints on the roof above the driver’s door.

The following day, the 24-year-old was stopped and arrested. He was found in possession of the stolen iPad mini and several items of jewellery.

Maughan, of Maya Place in Haringey, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and was sectioned last Wednesday when he appeared before Judge David Farrell at Cambridge Crown Court.

Det Sgt Andrew Gaunt-Warner said: “The way in which he acted caused severe distress among his numerous victims and showed a disregard for other people’s property and physical welfare.

“We hope that this sentence will provide Maughan with the care he requires while reassuring the public that he will not be free to commit more criminal acts.”

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