Burglars use stolen vehicle to ram raid property and steal food and safe

Two serial burglars who used stolen vehicles to ram raid properties have pleaded guilty to string of offences across Leicestershire. Oliver Le Butt Seal, 29, and his partner in crime Kyle Slaney, 34, were responsible for a spate of crimes between April and June, this year. The offences were committed at homes, shops and businesses, with vehicles, electrical goods, cash and jewellery among the items stolen, according to Leicestershire Police.

A spokesman for the force said: “Investigative work – including the recovery of vehicles, extensive CCTV trawls and the defendants being identified by officers – led to the pair being arrested and charged in June this year.” Le Butt Seal, of Lobbs Wood Court, Humberstone, Leicester, pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary, one count of theft, one count of criminal damage and one count of driving while disqualified, when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court earlier this month. Slaney, of Barnes Heath Road, Rowlatts Hill, Leicester, admitted to four counts of burglary and one count of theft, at a hearing held in the same court this week.

Both men admitted to using a van to “drive through a hedgerow” at a home in Gartree Road, Great Stretton, near Leicester Airport, on June 3, before stealing a car, electrical and jewellery. Tools, electrical goods and a CCTV hard drive were taken in another raid involving both defendants at a property in Chestnut Drive, Great Glen, on the same date. They also jointly burgled a shop in London Road, Oadby, on June 20, where electrical goods, a till and cash were stolen.

Le Butt Seal seperately pleaded guilty to stealing a van from a property in Navigation Street, off Burleys Way, Leicester, on April 19, and burgling another premises in Lewisher Road, Rushey Mead, Leicester, on June 6. In the latter crime, a police spokesman said: “A van was used to ram shutters at the premises and a fork lift truck used to place stock items of food into the van. “A safe was also stolen and the van later found abandoned in Shady Lane, Evington, with stock items inside.”

Le Butt Seal admitted to stealing money from a premises in Front Street, Birstall, on June 14, and burgling a store in Wanlip Road, Syston, the following day, where he stole cigarettes, money and lottery tickets. He also pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle while disqualified in Lobbs Wood Close, Humberstone, Leicester, on June 3, and committing criminal damage of a ceiling at a house in Illingworth Road, Rowlatts Hill, Leicester, on June 21. Slaney also pleaded guilty to a burglary of a property in Cordery Road, Evington, Leicester, on June 1, where a television and personal belongings were taken – and the theft of a motor vehicle on May 30, from which cash and bank cards were stolen.

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Detective Constable Damian Young said the cooperation of residents and employees was crucial in bringing the pair to justice.

He said: “Le Butt Seal and Slaney had no regard for anyone as they committed these offences and were only concerned about what they could gain and evading the police. “Their acts caused sadness and stress for many residents and workers across the county as well as others in the communities affected. “I thank these residents and workers for their co-operation with us throughout this investigation.”

The pair have been remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced on November 11.

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