Two men have been sentenced to prison for a series of burglaries targeting student accommodation in Liverpool. Robert Patrick Osu and John Joseph Khan were convicted for their involvement in 32 burglaries that occurred between August and December 2021. Osu, 44, residing in Botanic Road, Kensington, received a prison sentence of one year and two months, while Khan, 52, from High Street, Wavertree, was sentenced to six months in prison.
The burglaries primarily took place in the Wavertree area, where student accommodation was deliberately targeted. Lawrence Road, Jamieson Road, and Garmoyle Road were among the locations where stolen items were reported. According to the investigation, Osu pleaded guilty to 15 offenses of conspiracy to commit burglary, while Khan admitted to conspiracy to handle stolen goods for all 32 burglary offenses as well as conspiracy to commit burglary.
Detective Inspector Kevin O’Rourke, from the Burglary Team, highlighted the extensive efforts made in uncovering the crimes committed by Osu and Khan: “When Osu and Khan came to our attention, a thorough investigation was conducted, revealing a pattern of burglary, fraud, and theft offenses committed by them. Their deliberate targeting of student accommodation allowed them to profit from the sale of stolen items.”
To combat the prevalence of burglaries, authorities urged the public to report any suspicious behavior related to the sale of stolen goods. Detective Inspector O’Rourke emphasized their commitment to reducing offenses and protecting residents from the distress caused by burglary incidents. Their efforts have resulted in a consistent decline in burglary rates across Merseyside, largely attributed to Operation Castle—an operation specifically designed to curb burglaries, bring offenders to justice, and provide a safer environment for residents.
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1. What were the charges brought against Robert Patrick Osu and John Joseph Khan?
Robert Patrick Osu pleaded guilty to 15 offenses of conspiracy to commit burglary, while John Joseph Khan admitted to conspiracy to handle stolen goods for all 32 burglary offenses and conspiracy to commit burglary.
2. Which areas were primarily targeted by the burglaries?
The burglaries mainly occurred in the Wavertree area of Liverpool, particularly targeting student accommodation.
3. How have burglary offenses decreased in Merseyside?
Burglary offenses in Merseyside have decreased year on year, largely due to the efforts of Operation Castle—a targeted operation aimed at reducing burglaries, apprehending offenders, and ensuring the safety of residents.