FOUR prolific burglars who posed as workers to dupe elderly people sparked a London-wide investigation to track them down.
Over the course of two months, they committed 22 crimes, targeting homes across London.
Who are Michael Casey, John Casey, Martin Maloney and Sean McGoldrick?
John Casey, 43, Michael Casey, 47, Martin Moloney, 42, and Sean McGoldrick, 50, posed as legitimate workers to break into their victims’ homes.
They then posed as plumbers and engaged her in conversation under the guise of looking for plumbing problems.
There they then asked the homeowner to retrieve items from under the sink, which would serve as a diversionary measure.
Michael, Martin and Sean McGoldrick then broke into the house and stole jewelry, cash, watches and gold.
Some of the items stolen – such as engagement rings – had sentimental value and were irreplaceable, Met Police reported.
In total, the gang stole more than £40,000 in cash and jewelery from unsuspecting homeowners.
John would wait outside in the “mission vehicle” to help them escape.
The group of four drove various vehicles and committed 22 burglaries in just over two months.
What happened to you?
The Met Police launched an investigation after investigators identified a series of burglaries that took place between January 17 and March 29, 2022.
John, Michael and Martin were arrested in Cricklewood on March 29, 2022 after they were observed by police attending an elderly person’s address.
Investigations confirmed cash had been stolen from the premises in the same manner.
They were intercepted at a pub in Cricklewood after forensically cleaning their last vehicle.
Sean was arrested a few days later and the four men later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.
Appearing at Harrow Crown Court on April 4, 2023, John was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison, while Michael was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison.
Martin was sentenced to five years and four months while Sean was sentenced to six years and six months in prison.
Detective Inspector Simon Moring, of the Met’s Central Specialist Crime – Flying Squad, said: “This investigation focused on a prolific team of burglars who specifically targeted older and vulnerable people.”
“They posed as legitimate workers, allowing them access to their victims’ homes.
“Some of the stolen possessions had sentimental value and are irreplaceable.
“They were sophisticated and forensically alert in their crimes. They frequently changed vehicles to avoid capture.”
“I would like to thank the citizens who provided information and CCTV footage to the police.
“I would also like to pay tribute to all the officers and staff who have worked tirelessly to bring about these convictions.”
When will they appear at The Met?
Their crimes are featured in The Met: Policing London, which airs on BBC One.
You will see the episode on November 21, 2023 at 9 p.m.