Serial burglar, William Coe, jailed for six years for latest crime spree

Serial burglar, William Coe, jailed for six years for latest crime spree

Serial burglar, William Coe, jailed for six years for latest crime spree

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A BURGLAR who walked free after targeting 78 homes across Basildon went on to burgle dozens of other homes just hours later.

William Coe, 25, was handed a community order on February 19 after admitting breaking in to about 78 homes between 2010 and 2013.

However, just hours after being handed the punishment, he mounted another crime spree, which sawhim burgle a further 33 homes, in four weeks.

Coe, of Malyons, Basildon, was caught by detectives at Basildon CID.

Yesterday, at Basildon Crown Court, he was sentenced to six years in jail.

When asked by Judge Jonathan Black, why he carried out the crimes, his lawyer, Ian Cliff said it was “baffling” because his client had recently kicked a cocaine habit.

Mr Cliff told the court Coe claimed he chose burglary because “he was too much of a coward to go shoplifting”.

The court heard Coe admitted breaking in to a house in Malyons Mews, Basildon, in the early hours of March 3 by jemmying the front door.

He stole the victim’s handbag and jewellery before dumping it in the street outside.

The victim only realised she had been broken into when a neighbour knocked at her front door, after finding the bag in the street.

Coe admitted four other burglaries at Curlew Crescent, Durrington Close, Winfields and Briscoe Road on March 3 and 4.

He also admitted taking three cars from the homes he broke in to.

In addition to the eight charges against him he asked for 25 other burglary offences to be taken in to consideration by the court.

Judge Black said: “While youwere remanded prior to your sentencing in February you wrote to me expressing a wish to show you could change your life.

“You said you were no longer abusing drugs and you had certificates from prison to show you had produced negative samples.

“You said you did not want to spend the rest of your life in prison. You asked me to give you one last chance to change your life and live a crime-free existence.

“On that basis, just before Christmas I gave you bail and that was your opportunity to live in the community.

“When I sentenced you in February there was no suggestion you had carried out any further offences. There is no explanation for your behaviour.”

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9:12am Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.
He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -16

9:21am Fri 2 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

The lesson is clear to the judges....DO NOT let people like this out in the first place, come down on them hard and nip it in the bud, you must take portion of the blame for this one continuing on his spree after you opened the door for him in February and no doubt previous to that.
The lesson is clear to the judges....DO NOT let people like this out in the first place, come down on them hard and nip it in the bud, you must take portion of the blame for this one continuing on his spree after you opened the door for him in February and no doubt previous to that. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 13

9:31am Fri 2 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good riddance
Good riddance Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

9:39am Fri 2 May 14

yellowfairy says...

When will judges learn, surely this persons reputation should have been an indicator to what he's like, this judge should be fined for allowing idiots like this to continue to ruin innocent peoples lives. Or lock them up together, they might learn a thing or two from each other.
When will judges learn, surely this persons reputation should have been an indicator to what he's like, this judge should be fined for allowing idiots like this to continue to ruin innocent peoples lives. Or lock them up together, they might learn a thing or two from each other. yellowfairy
  • Score: 12

9:45am Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

over a 100 gaffs in 3 years....... he should be in spain, by his pool, factor 15 on hand.....
over a 100 gaffs in 3 years....... he should be in spain, by his pool, factor 15 on hand..... pembury53
  • Score: -1

9:52am Fri 2 May 14

bazza 1 says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.
Thanks for that info. Sounds like a plan for the future. Seems like you are talking from a professional perspective, and are involved yourself. Perhaps if our Government had any balls, shoplifters who constantly commit theft, would also be put away for a substantial time as well.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that info. Sounds like a plan for the future. Seems like you are talking from a professional perspective, and are involved yourself. Perhaps if our Government had any balls, shoplifters who constantly commit theft, would also be put away for a substantial time as well. bazza 1
  • Score: 10

10:29am Fri 2 May 14

Robin Reliant says...

pembury53 wrote:
over a 100 gaffs in 3 years....... he should be in spain, by his pool, factor 15 on hand.....
Don't think Factor 15 would be enough, and i know after looking at his face i have gone right off my Pizza i was looking forward to tonight.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: over a 100 gaffs in 3 years....... he should be in spain, by his pool, factor 15 on hand.....[/p][/quote]Don't think Factor 15 would be enough, and i know after looking at his face i have gone right off my Pizza i was looking forward to tonight. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 5

10:33am Fri 2 May 14

Gaz Michaels says...

With a bit of luck, he'll come to his senses one day and realise the hurt and damage he's caused as well as what a waste of a life he's led. Sadly, from the evidence, I'm not convinced that'll happen.

Until that day, I'm sure the Old Bill will be keeping him on their books.
With a bit of luck, he'll come to his senses one day and realise the hurt and damage he's caused as well as what a waste of a life he's led. Sadly, from the evidence, I'm not convinced that'll happen. Until that day, I'm sure the Old Bill will be keeping him on their books. Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 3

10:44am Fri 2 May 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

As a big Phil Silvers fan I can't get past his name being Bilko
As a big Phil Silvers fan I can't get past his name being Bilko Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 4

11:21am Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.
Thanks for that info. Sounds like a plan for the future. Seems like you are talking from a professional perspective, and are involved yourself. Perhaps if our Government had any balls, shoplifters who constantly commit theft, would also be put away for a substantial time as well.
No i'm not involved anymore. But I used to be in the criminal game years ago and know how criminals operate. You can usually get sent too court 4-5 times for shoplifting before your even giving a custodial sentence. And when you do you only get a few weeks.
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that info. Sounds like a plan for the future. Seems like you are talking from a professional perspective, and are involved yourself. Perhaps if our Government had any balls, shoplifters who constantly commit theft, would also be put away for a substantial time as well.[/p][/quote]No i'm not involved anymore. But I used to be in the criminal game years ago and know how criminals operate. You can usually get sent too court 4-5 times for shoplifting before your even giving a custodial sentence. And when you do you only get a few weeks. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -7

11:22am Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Nothing worse than Burglar scum, hope he gets used to his full potential in prison, only a shame the brief, who attempted to say he was baffled by his despicable acts of crime, isn't joining him..
Nothing worse than Burglar scum, hope he gets used to his full potential in prison, only a shame the brief, who attempted to say he was baffled by his despicable acts of crime, isn't joining him.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 14

12:21pm Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Another thing is, this guy could of gone better prepared. Didn't he think of the consequences of leaving behind his DNA? I'm assuming that's how he was caught. Why didn't he get a pair of gloves? Why didn't he target other areas in Essex too? His downfall was being to persistent in the same area, and the police can easily just link him to all the others. Good criminals target and travel to other areas where they are not known. It's to your advantage being on home turf, but it's not to your advantage being caught and getting 6 years in prison.
Another thing is, this guy could of gone better prepared. Didn't he think of the consequences of leaving behind his DNA? I'm assuming that's how he was caught. Why didn't he get a pair of gloves? Why didn't he target other areas in Essex too? His downfall was being to persistent in the same area, and the police can easily just link him to all the others. Good criminals target and travel to other areas where they are not known. It's to your advantage being on home turf, but it's not to your advantage being caught and getting 6 years in prison. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -4

2:53pm Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.
There's one person he burgled who is a bit of a Psycho, he will get a bit of prison medi treatment, get ruled and have a good old fashioned Bas reception upon his release, meanwhile his friends will enjoy psycho's thoughts...
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: He will be out in 3 years, back to burgling houses again. Why don't burglars go shoplifting anyway? Shoplifting is a less serious crime and you can be caught one or two times before even being arrested, let alone going to court. And there's big money to be made in shoplifting if you target big items and go fairly well tooled up, such as foil lined bags, de taggers etc. Most importantly it's all about having a bit of bottle and not getting caught.[/p][/quote]There's one person he burgled who is a bit of a Psycho, he will get a bit of prison medi treatment, get ruled and have a good old fashioned Bas reception upon his release, meanwhile his friends will enjoy psycho's thoughts... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 3

3:00pm Fri 2 May 14

the25man says...

This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published the25man
  • Score: -1

4:29pm Fri 2 May 14

morbs1107 says...

" He was caught by Police at Basildon CID "
Did this idiot try to burgle the Police Station as well?
" He was caught by Police at Basildon CID " Did this idiot try to burgle the Police Station as well? morbs1107
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

the25man wrote:
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published[/p][/quote]I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -5

7:06pm Fri 2 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
the25man wrote:
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.
When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your
forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you
under 10 and not responsible for your actions.
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published[/p][/quote]I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.[/p][/quote]When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you under 10 and not responsible for your actions. John Bull 40
  • Score: 3

7:17pm Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
the25man wrote:
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.
That smug face has been printed off, and posted all over South Essex, as a comparison to the one which will be shown from the hospital, next week...
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published[/p][/quote]I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.[/p][/quote]That smug face has been printed off, and posted all over South Essex, as a comparison to the one which will be shown from the hospital, next week... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
the25man wrote:
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.
When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your
forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you
under 10 and not responsible for your actions.
I'll never be responsible for my actions. You only live once and I couldn't give a f!uck.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published[/p][/quote]I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.[/p][/quote]When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you under 10 and not responsible for your actions.[/p][/quote]I'll never be responsible for my actions. You only live once and I couldn't give a f!uck. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -5

8:33pm Fri 2 May 14

beaulocks says...

Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?
Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to? beaulocks
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Fri 2 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

beaulocks wrote:
Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?
Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs.
[quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?[/p][/quote]Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: -6

9:52pm Fri 2 May 14

profondo asbo says...

let's hope the prison gruel diet sorts out the acne.
let's hope the prison gruel diet sorts out the acne. profondo asbo
  • Score: -2

11:32pm Fri 2 May 14

ekcoanarak says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
the25man wrote:
This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft.
This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published
I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.
When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your
forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you
under 10 and not responsible for your actions.
Bang on ,absolutely pathetic attention seeking trash.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: This case just goes to show that the Courts swallow any old guff and go soft. This also shows that there is no respect for others property. Its a pity that if you steal others property then your property is taken like a finger or two, but at least his picture has been published[/p][/quote]I think it should be against their human rights to have their face published in a paper.[/p][/quote]When can we all see your picture so that you cant keep changing your forum name and spouting the same juvenile rubbish all the time or are you under 10 and not responsible for your actions.[/p][/quote]Bang on ,absolutely pathetic attention seeking trash. ekcoanarak
  • Score: 8

12:42am Sat 3 May 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
beaulocks wrote:
Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?
Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs.
In what way is the high from any drug like adrenaline? The rubbish you spout clearly indicates you have no first-hand experience of any of the garbage you waffle on about and are nothing more than a troll
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?[/p][/quote]Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs.[/p][/quote]In what way is the high from any drug like adrenaline? The rubbish you spout clearly indicates you have no first-hand experience of any of the garbage you waffle on about and are nothing more than a troll LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 4

10:18pm Sat 3 May 14

beaulocks says...

Adrenaline_Junkie wrote:
beaulocks wrote:
Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?
Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs.
Am I right in thinking your from Shoebury?
[quote][p][bold]Adrenaline_Junkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: Are you sure it's only adrenaline that your addicted to?[/p][/quote]Adrenaline is the best thing ever. It's like a high from drugs.[/p][/quote]Am I right in thinking your from Shoebury? beaulocks
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Tue 13 May 14

ex-matelot says...

nice to see the face of the scrote who burgled an oppo's home. Loads of ex
Matelot's will want to have words of wisdom with this fella
nice to see the face of the scrote who burgled an oppo's home. Loads of ex Matelot's will want to have words of wisdom with this fella ex-matelot
  • Score: 1

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