Welwyn Garden City burglar jailed after targeting community centre, sports park and pub

PUBLISHED: 10:29 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:12 28 February 2019

Woodhall Community Centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Woodhall Community Centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2018

A Welwyn Garden City man has been jailed after being found guilty of several burglaries in public buildings and businesses as well as fraud and drugs possession.

Gosling Sports Park. Picture: Danny LooGosling Sports Park. Picture: Danny Loo

Dean Harper of Moatwood Green, Welwyn Garden City, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Monday, February 25.

He was arrested the previous Friday at Woodhall shops.

On Wednesday, February 6, Harper got into an office at Gosling Sports Park on Stanborough Road before taking two staff members’ bags.

Overnight on February 7 he broke into a staff office in Woodhall Community Centre in Mill Green Road, and took keys.

Police were called to Woodhall Parade in Welwyn Garden City. 
Picture: Google Street ViewPolice were called to Woodhall Parade in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Google Street View

He also targeted the Stanborough Beefeater on Stanborough Road on February 21, accessing the staff locker room and pilfering numerous personal items including bags, purses, wallets and clothing.

He was also found guilty of fraud by false representation after using a bank card that he had stolen during the burglary, including at a Co-op, as well as being in possession of nine wraps of cocaine.

He was sentenced to 46 weeks in prison.

Detective Constable David Johnson, from the Welwyn Hatfield Local Crime Unit, said: “We will do all we can to trace those responsible for committing burglaries across Welwyn Hatfield.

“I am glad that Harper has been brought to justice and I hope that the sentence reassures residents.

“If you spot suspicious activity, please never hesitate to report it to us.

“Remember, if a crime is in action or someone’s life is in danger, always call 999 straight away.”

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