LOCAL NEWS: Man jailed for burglaries in Bournemouth


A burglar who targeted several commercial properties in Bournemouth has been sentenced to 17 months in prison.

Wayne David Griffin, 34, of Upper Terrace Road was sentenced at Bournemouth crown court last week after admitting to four burglaries as well as theft, receiving stolen goods and fraud.

Griffin was identified from CCTV footage and was arrested on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Detective Sergeant Adam Gill, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “Wayne Griffin was a repeat offender who targeted a number of commercial premises.

“We recognise that burglary offences have a significant impact on local businesses and we are committed to working with traders to ensure those who commit these crimes are brought to justice.”

Griffin admitted to breaking into The Slug and Lettuce bar in Bourne Avenue on Tuesday 18 June and taking 16 bottles of spirits, valued at around £300. A plastic carrier bag was found left at the scene, which contained bank statements and letters in the name of Wayne Griffin.

He also admitted to taking around £1,760 after breaking into Chopatti fast food restaurant in Commercial Road on 15 July.

Another offence occurred at the Polski Sklep convenience store in Landsdowne Road on Sunday 28 July. A window was smashed and two men carried out a search of the premises before leaving with cash, alcohol and cigarettes with a total value of around £1,765.

The fourth burglary offence involved a break-in at WHSmith in Old Christchurch Road on Tuesday 30 July 2019. A computer tablet used by staff was taken from the till area. 

Griffin also admitting stealing from Tesco Express in The Triangle as well as receiving stolen goods and two charges of fraud by false representation relating to the use of a stolen bank card.


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