Friday, 26 August 2011

Police Appeal On Missing Burglar

By Ben Aulakh

Police in Worcestershire are appealing for the public’s help in its search for a man who absconded from an open prison in Yorkshire.

Daniel O’Loughlin, who has strong links with the county town of Evesham, failed to return to HMP Hatfield open prison on July 18, after being given temporary release for a community based work placement.

The 35 year old had been serving the final period of a custodial sentence for his role in an organised crime group, that committed a series of high-profile burglaries at large country houses across central and western England.

In August 2008, O'Loughlin was imprisoned for his part in the conspiracy, and in May 2010 a court ordered him to pay back £113,000, which he was deemed to have gained from criminal activity.

The police investigation, called Operation Haul, was a multi-force investigation involving Thames Valley Police, Gloucestershire Constabulary, West Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police and Wiltshire Police.

West Mercia Police's Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murphy said: "O'Loughlin has been missing for more than a month and we need to find him and return him to prison.

"While it is thought he does not pose a direct threat to the public, we would advise that he should not be approached by members of the public.”

“If you do spot O'Loughlin, contact West Mercia Police immediately on 0300 333 3000, information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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