Burglar jailed thanks to brave neighbour

Southend Standard: Stephen Sayer Stephen Sayer

A BURGLAR faces three years behind bars after a have-a-go hero caught him raiding her neighbour’s house.

A top Basildon judge praised the quick-thinking actions of Sue Romsey, 45, after she spotted thieves Michael Perry, 33, and Stephen Sayer, 32, preying on her elderly neighbours’ house.

Eagle-eyed Ms Romsey, 45, caught the thieves casing her neighbours’ house in Devonshire Road, Laindon, on November 27.

After seeing Sayer disappear around the back of her neighbours’ house she quickly phoned police.

Basildon Crown Court heard on Friday, that while out of sight Sayer smashed a rear french door, ransacked the elderly couple’s bedroom and stole jewellery.

When he emerged from the house he and Perry left, followed secretly by Ms Romsey.

She tailed them in her car while giving a running commentary to police on the phone, but lost them after they cut down a back alley.

The court heard Ms Romsey returned to the house to wait for the police to arrive.

Moments later, Perry and Sayer returned to ransack the house for a second time.

The pair fled again after a PCSO arrived on foot.

But Ms Romsey chased Sayer down the street in her car and drove up on the pavement in front of him forcing him to stop.

A police officer swooped in and detained him while other officers apprehended Perry.

Sayer, of Tillingham Green, Basildon, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for burglary, criminal damage and breach of suspended sentence.

His accomplice, Perry, of Paxfords, Laindon, was handed a 15-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months for the burglary.

Judge David Owen-Jones, said: “If it were not for the determined actions and observations of Sue Romsey you would have got away with it.

“Fortunately the jewellery stolen was recovered by officers.”

Both Perry and Sayer admitted the charge of burglary at an earlier hearing.

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12:55pm Tue 21 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

I'm surprised Ms Romsey isn't being charged with reckless driving, not to mention the phone.....
I'm surprised Ms Romsey isn't being charged with reckless driving, not to mention the phone..... pembury53

1:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)
Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :) MilesBond

1:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Benefit-Scrounger says...

MilesBond wrote:
Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)
It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day.
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)[/p][/quote]It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day. Benefit-Scrounger

2:19pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

supermadmax wrote:
He looks like a lesbian.
Agreed...and a rough looking one at that.

And Well done to Sue, what a top girl.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: He looks like a lesbian.[/p][/quote]Agreed...and a rough looking one at that. And Well done to Sue, what a top girl. DogsMessInLeigh

2:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

...and he/she has a mis-shaped head.
...and he/she has a mis-shaped head. DogsMessInLeigh

3:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

LeighCommuter says...

He's gonna make somebody very happy for the next 3.5 years in prison!!
He's gonna make somebody very happy for the next 3.5 years in prison!! LeighCommuter

4:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

LeighCommuter wrote:
He's gonna make somebody very happy for the next 3.5 years in prison!!
Lmao. He will learn "The 1pm toe touch". Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]LeighCommuter[/bold] wrote: He's gonna make somebody very happy for the next 3.5 years in prison!![/p][/quote]Lmao. He will learn "The 1pm toe touch". Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! Living the La Vida Legra

4:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Rich;'Carol says...

Benefit-Scrounger wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)
It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day.
I don't take a lot of notice of wind up merchant's and I know you don't mean what you say and u love getting a reaction. Its just a short sentence and 8 years should be the minimum given to a scum parasite cockroach who breaks into someones home.

You cant wind me up scrounger cos I know what your up to with your wind ups cos I know your type. Don't keep on cos you've been sussed out so not worth carrying on with childish comments is it ? There a good boy !
[quote][p][bold]Benefit-Scrounger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)[/p][/quote]It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day.[/p][/quote]I don't take a lot of notice of wind up merchant's and I know you don't mean what you say and u love getting a reaction. Its just a short sentence and 8 years should be the minimum given to a scum parasite cockroach who breaks into someones home. You cant wind me up scrounger cos I know what your up to with your wind ups cos I know your type. Don't keep on cos you've been sussed out so not worth carrying on with childish comments is it ? There a good boy ! Rich;'Carol

4:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

Very well done to this woman. Took a real risk, but it paid off. To chase them twice and stop there escape until the police arrived, she deserves a medal.
Takes you back to the days when we used to be real English people and looked out for each other.
I doubt that benefit Scrounger is real, probably a Tory trying to stir up hatred between the "Lower Class" of people, but if not, then perhaps he could explain why hard-working people should pay higher insurance premiums and his benefits because he can't be bothered to earn a living, and thinks that the thieving gits sentence for this crime ~(and the previous suspended sentence) is harsh. Conscript these people into a convict corps and ship them to our trouble spots. That would slow them down or hopefully, stop them dead in their tracks!
Very well done to this woman. Took a real risk, but it paid off. To chase them twice and stop there escape until the police arrived, she deserves a medal. Takes you back to the days when we used to be real English people and looked out for each other. I doubt that benefit Scrounger is real, probably a Tory trying to stir up hatred between the "Lower Class" of people, but if not, then perhaps he could explain why hard-working people should pay higher insurance premiums and his benefits because he can't be bothered to earn a living, and thinks that the thieving gits sentence for this crime ~(and the previous suspended sentence) is harsh. Conscript these people into a convict corps and ship them to our trouble spots. That would slow them down or hopefully, stop them dead in their tracks! Devils Advocate

4:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

cheekycherry says...

I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.
I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time. cheekycherry

5:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Devils Advocate says...

cheekycherry wrote:
I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.
Don't think of blaming the rank and file Police though, they go where they are sent, and are kept gainfully employed for their shifts. I too have suffered a long wait for the Police to turn up, but I also know that, at times, Basildon division have had only one car between the M25 and the Rayleigh/ Canvey boundary. Seriously, why are the Political Police chiefs intent on reducing manning levels in the face of this kind of manning?
Cameron himself is looking at dismissing Soldiers from the armed forces Whilst advertising for Soldiers on the TV. Are you sure you want this deceptive bunch running our country?
[quote][p][bold]cheekycherry[/bold] wrote: I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.[/p][/quote]Don't think of blaming the rank and file Police though, they go where they are sent, and are kept gainfully employed for their shifts. I too have suffered a long wait for the Police to turn up, but I also know that, at times, Basildon division have had only one car between the M25 and the Rayleigh/ Canvey boundary. Seriously, why are the Political Police chiefs intent on reducing manning levels in the face of this kind of manning? Cameron himself is looking at dismissing Soldiers from the armed forces Whilst advertising for Soldiers on the TV. Are you sure you want this deceptive bunch running our country? Devils Advocate

5:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

profondo asbo says...

basildon is the burglary capital of the uk. all those drug addictions have to be paid for somehow.
basildon is the burglary capital of the uk. all those drug addictions have to be paid for somehow. profondo asbo

6:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

To look at how our justice system fails so badly look at this other burglar story in today's Echo,
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/10952008
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through_window_in_Ba
sildon____then_burgl
e_the_house_when_83_
year_old_resident_fl
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then look back at this from 2011: http://www.basildonr
ecorder.co.uk/news/9
097458.Christmas_bur
glar_jailed_for_four
_and_a_half_years/
To look at how our justice system fails so badly look at this other burglar story in today's Echo, http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10952008 .Thieves_throw_rock_ through_window_in_Ba sildon____then_burgl e_the_house_when_83_ year_old_resident_fl ees/?ref=la then look back at this from 2011: http://www.basildonr ecorder.co.uk/news/9 097458.Christmas_bur glar_jailed_for_four _and_a_half_years/ MilesBond

7:52pm Tue 21 Jan 14

whataday says...

Benefit-Scrounger wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)
It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day.
And what effect do you think this has had on the victim an old lady! Bet shes hurting big time Probably frightened to do anything now Theres mental anguish involved in these types of crimes
[quote][p][bold]Benefit-Scrounger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: Another good result! Starting to make some headway at last :)[/p][/quote]It's fine to commit crime, but just don't get caught. Plus I think his sentence was a little harsh. He never hurt anyone at the end of the day.[/p][/quote]And what effect do you think this has had on the victim an old lady! Bet shes hurting big time Probably frightened to do anything now Theres mental anguish involved in these types of crimes whataday

11:31am Wed 22 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

cheekycherry wrote:
I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.
Can only say my experience is the opposite, my mother (88 years old) who lives at Tarpots opened the door at 1.00 in the afternoon, was subject to a push you out of the way - grab her handbag and run merchant.

Called the police, 2 police cars within 2 minutes, two coppers then appeared on bikes and about 5 minutes later the police helicopter arrived.

They got the scum in Church Road, Thundersley


FANTASTIC


.
[quote][p][bold]cheekycherry[/bold] wrote: I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.[/p][/quote]Can only say my experience is the opposite, my mother (88 years old) who lives at Tarpots opened the door at 1.00 in the afternoon, was subject to a push you out of the way - grab her handbag and run merchant. Called the police, 2 police cars within 2 minutes, two coppers then appeared on bikes and about 5 minutes later the police helicopter arrived. They got the scum in Church Road, Thundersley FANTASTIC . rayleigh123

9:44am Fri 24 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
cheekycherry wrote:
I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.
Can only say my experience is the opposite, my mother (88 years old) who lives at Tarpots opened the door at 1.00 in the afternoon, was subject to a push you out of the way - grab her handbag and run merchant.

Called the police, 2 police cars within 2 minutes, two coppers then appeared on bikes and about 5 minutes later the police helicopter arrived.

They got the scum in Church Road, Thundersley


FANTASTIC


.
Just goes to show what a superb Police Service we could have if (Big 'IF') they had the resources.

Why aren't we offering the redundant servicemen the opportunity to retrain and continue their careers as police officers?

Wake up Cameron!
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cheekycherry[/bold] wrote: I'm shocked the police turned up my neighbour done the same thing, phoned the police whilst my house in Rayleigh was being burgled and smashed up then followed them. The police took 45 minutes to turn up as no one was available locally and had to come from Wakering, when they did turn up sirens blaring! The culprit was caught by my neighbour (not the police) and was out on bail for previous burglary, why are we so lenient, lock them up the first time.[/p][/quote]Can only say my experience is the opposite, my mother (88 years old) who lives at Tarpots opened the door at 1.00 in the afternoon, was subject to a push you out of the way - grab her handbag and run merchant. Called the police, 2 police cars within 2 minutes, two coppers then appeared on bikes and about 5 minutes later the police helicopter arrived. They got the scum in Church Road, Thundersley FANTASTIC .[/p][/quote]Just goes to show what a superb Police Service we could have if (Big 'IF') they had the resources. Why aren't we offering the redundant servicemen the opportunity to retrain and continue their careers as police officers? Wake up Cameron! OMPITA [Intl]

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