Watch: CCTV captures moment Nuthall burglar realises he’s been rumbled
This is the moment a bungling burglar realised his cover was blown – as he was caught on CCTV ransacking his victims’ home in Nuthall.
Sean Thorburn, of no fixed address, can be seen hurriedly trying to cover his face after spotting the security camera as he targeted the property in Middleton Close, Nuthall, shortly after midday on Friday, March 19, this year.
After ringing the doorbell to check if anyone was at home, he returned and smashed his way through a rear patio door.
Once inside the 42-year-old stole watches, jewellery, cash and electronic devices worth tens of thousands of pounds.
Thorburn’s activities had been recorded on a home CCTV network – first on a doorbell camera and then on a camera placed in the kitchen.
By the time he noticed he was being recorded it was too late to conceal his identity – despite his last minute attempt to cover his face with a scarf and his futile effort to pull the camera out of position.
Thorburn then fled the address as an alarm sounded in the background. His image was immediately passed to officers and he was soon recognised and arrested.
When he was interviewed by police he admitted to breaking into the property and stealing some electronic devices, but denied talking any of the higher value jewellery items.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on April 17, he pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for three years and four months.
Detective Constable Rebecca Butler, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Finding that your home has been broken into is one of the most upsetting experiences anyone can suffer which is why we take it so seriously as a force.
“Thorburn was utterly brazen as he first scouted the property and then returned some 20 minutes later to smash his way in – causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage in the process. Unfortunately for him is activities were caught very clearly on camera – despite his last minute attempt to conceal his identity.
“Having an effective CCTV network can be a very effective deterrent to burglars.
"Sadly that was not the case on this occasion but the very clear pictures we received enabled us to identify the perpetrator very quickly and ensure he was properly punished for this offence.”