Bumbling burglar claimed he would have done a better job on Barclays raid

Warrington Guardian: Bumbling burglar claimed he would have done a better job on Barclays Raid Bumbling burglar claimed he would have done a better job on Barclays Raid

A JUDGE has blasted a bumbling burglar for his unashamed arrogance after he told a court he could not have committed the crime at Barclays Bank on Sankey Street because he would have done a more professional job.

Graham Gooding, of Hampton Court Way, Widnes, was sentenced to 14 months in prison for burglary at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, June 18, after he was found guilty by a jury five days earlier.

The court heard how staff at the bank in Warrington town centre arrived in work on September 1, 2012, to find a cardboard box over a motion sensor.

The bank was evacuated and, following a police search, it was discovered the only item missing was a CCTV hard drive.

Forensics identified Gooding, who is a skilled electrician, as the suspect through fingerprints and footwear marks left at the scene and he was arrested on September 14.

A study of his phone through cell site analysis also identified the 40-year-old to be in the town centre around the time of the incident, which is understood to have taken place around 10pm.

Sentencing, Judge Ian Trigger said: “It was apparent to me and it must have been apparent to the jury during your trial that you have many skills in your chosen trade but it was also apparent that you have a streak of arrogance.

“You were happy to tell the jury how you did not commit the burglary at Barclays Bank on August 31, 2012, as you would have done a much better and more professional job.”

Judge Trigger also described the incident as a ‘sophisticated attempt to steal’ which must have required ‘a great deal of planning’.

But, defending, Reginald Mills said that despite Gooding’s lengthy list of previous convictions, which includes a bomb hoax in 2002, he is a man who is committed to his family.

Mr Mills added: “He is desperately upset for his family more than himself. He is concerned for them.”

Gooding, who has 17 convictions for 31 offences dating back to 1987, showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Speaking after sentencing, PC Kate Hall said: “This was 21 months of hard work by all concerned. I hope that this will send out a message that this sort of crime most certainly does not pay and it will not be tolerated in our town centre.”

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2:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

fedster says...

But, defending, Reginald Mills said that despite Gooding’s lengthy list of previous convictions, which includes a bomb hoax in 2002, he is a man who is committed to his family.


then why the hell try and break into a bank

it boggles the mind so it does
But, defending, Reginald Mills said that despite Gooding’s lengthy list of previous convictions, which includes a bomb hoax in 2002, he is a man who is committed to his family. then why the hell try and break into a bank it boggles the mind so it does fedster
  • Score: 9

2:25pm Tue 24 Jun 14

richiepooh says...

14 months..out in 7 for a serial offender with exaggerations about his ability, means that he will attempt something bigger next time, clearly he is delusional in his place in the underworld.. mark my words come may next year this guy will be caught having done something extravagant that will result in life changing misery for an innocent member of the public, and when this happens I call for the sentencing judge to be given 5 years himself.
14 months..out in 7 for a serial offender with exaggerations about his ability, means that he will attempt something bigger next time, clearly he is delusional in his place in the underworld.. mark my words come may next year this guy will be caught having done something extravagant that will result in life changing misery for an innocent member of the public, and when this happens I call for the sentencing judge to be given 5 years himself. richiepooh
  • Score: 8

3:38pm Tue 24 Jun 14

TM from HM says...

It's just a shame that the judges have to hand out half arsed sentences because there are too few prison places available. Build more gaols to put these scumbags in then give the judges the power to put them in there for a proper sentence.
It's just a shame that the judges have to hand out half arsed sentences because there are too few prison places available. Build more gaols to put these scumbags in then give the judges the power to put them in there for a proper sentence. TM from HM
  • Score: 6

4:46pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HappyMisery says...

PC Kate Hall said: “This was 21 months of hard work by all concerned. I hope that this will send out a message that this sort of crime most certainly does not pay and it will not be tolerated in our town centre......but we still haven't caught the last 3 who robbed Barclays or Natwest in Culcheth, so stay out of town"
PC Kate Hall said: “This was 21 months of hard work by all concerned. I hope that this will send out a message that this sort of crime most certainly does not pay and it will not be tolerated in our town centre......but we still haven't caught the last 3 who robbed Barclays or Natwest in Culcheth, so stay out of town" HappyMisery
  • Score: 5

7:11pm Wed 25 Jun 14

local man says...

you get out at the half way point automatically pretty much (not for all offenses, anything with violence and many others are excluded) IF its your 1st time in prison. Lets hope its not his 1st time. Burglary should be exempt from early release and home detention (curfew) IMO, its not at present.
you get out at the half way point automatically pretty much (not for all offenses, anything with violence and many others are excluded) IF its your 1st time in prison. Lets hope its not his 1st time. Burglary should be exempt from early release and home detention (curfew) IMO, its not at present. local man
  • Score: 3

9:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

fedster says...

you get out after half of a sentence depending on behavior and on any crime with less than 9 years 11 months ( anything over 10 years) you have to serve at least two thirds of sentence.

am sure theres hard work that can be done by the lower class criminals instead of wasting tax payers money use them as slave labor.
you get out after half of a sentence depending on behavior and on any crime with less than 9 years 11 months ( anything over 10 years) you have to serve at least two thirds of sentence. am sure theres hard work that can be done by the lower class criminals instead of wasting tax payers money use them as slave labor. fedster
  • Score: 1
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