LOCAL NEWS: Man Jailed for Callous Christmas Theft


A man has been given a jail sentence of 22 months for a burglary that took place on 19 December 2019 in Hendford Road, Bournemouth. 

At around 4am on 19 December, the residents of the house in Hendford Road were woken by a loud bang. On investigating the source they discovered the back door was open and a number of personal belongings, including jewellery and commemorative coins were missing. Christmas cards that had been prepared for sending, had been ripped open and cash and cheques from inside had been taken. 

The police visited the home and after making enquiries visited a nearby property where they discovered Rhys Curtis Millen, aged 24, from Cornish Gardens in Bournemouth, with the stolen items. He was detained after becoming aggressive and the items were seized. 

Millen has now been sentenced to 22 months in prison for the burglary. 

Detective Constable Christian Bryant from Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “This was a heartless burglary where Rhys Millen has taken cash and cheques that were obviously intended as Christmas gifts. 

“I am pleased that we were able to very quickly locate Millen and recover the stolen property. 

“We are committed to taking action against offenders such as Millen who show no regard to other people’s property and bringing them before the courts to face justice.” 


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