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The Night-watcher burglar

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The Night-watcher burglar

Post by loopzdaloop on 30.01.18 0:27

Hello,
What are the residents of this forum thoughts on the 'night watcher'?
A long and interesting article in the daily mail today, which has much more details. 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5326881/Highly-professional-soldier-responsible-night-raids.html

A brief version in the telegraph 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/police-hunt-night-watcher-burglar-has-hit-seven-wealthy-homes/


[size=39]Police hunt 'Night Watcher' burglar who has hit seven wealthy homes[/size]



[size=39]Burglar hits seven wealthy homes stealing £1m of valuables

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30 JANUARY 2018 • 12:07AM

[size=118]Police are hunting a violent armed burglar who uses “special forces” techniques and military-style expertise to stake out and strike at multi-million pound properties across the Home Counties.
Among those targeted were the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, who were forced to hand over £700,000 of heirlooms after being tied up during a raid at Goodwood estate in Sussex.
Police believe the burglar, dubbed The Night Watcher, spends months staking out secluded houses, sometimes hiding in the grounds, in order to build up an intimate understanding of the daily movements of his victims.
As well as being an expert in covert surveillance, the raider has also shown athletic prowess, scaling high walls and fences while evading detection by sophisticated security systems.
Police said he also displays a chilling degree of nonchalance, even when entering a property with multiple occupants. Once inside, he uses a sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence in order to force the home owners into giving up their valuables.
The raider, who wears a balaclava and dark clothing, usually escapes on foot without leaving any forensic clues.[/size]

[size=39]Victim of violent burglary recounts terrifying ordeal

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He has struck seven times over the past three years in Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent, making off with more than £7 million in valuables.

Detectives said the extraordinary degree of planning and preparation that goes into each raid suggested he has undergone some form of military training, and have not ruled out that he could be a serving soldier.
DNA evidence was found at the scene of one of the raids but this has not been traced to any other offences. There is a database of military personnel DNA, but this is used to identify bodies only in the event of death only and is not available to the police. 
Terrified victims have described how the “well-spoken” raider seems to know the layout of their homes, down to where safes are hidden. He also shows a knowledge of their daily routines, often striking late at night, entering unlocked doors or windows, sometimes waiting until owners let their dogs out.


During the raid on the Goodwood estate in January 2016, the Duke, 61, was struck on the head with a blunt object, before being forced to open a safe.
After being bound and gagged, he and his wife lay injured for two hours before a staff member found them and alerted the police. Among the items stolen were a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to Louise de Kerouaille, his mistress.


Police believe the first raid took place in November 2014, when two women were attacked in their home near Kingswood Golf Club in Surrey and needed treatment in hospital. Similar raids have taken place around every six months, with detectives working on the theory that he strikes after spending the proceeds from each burglary.
Det Insp Dee Fielding, from Surrey Police said: “We do not believe this to be an opportunist burglar, but someone who has specialist knowledge and skills – possibly ex-forces or from a similar background.
“The burglaries all appear to be the work of someone who knows exactly what they are doing and who is incredibly decisive in their actions. On each occasion, unnecessary levels of violence have been used.”
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Re: The Night-watcher burglar

Post by polyenne on 30.01.18 9:04

Well, if people will leave doors & windows unlocked...........
So, it's possible he's already done an internal reccy without being seen/caught and thus knows where the safe is and, more importantly, that it contains valuables.
I'd first be looking at the possibility of specialist workmen who might, over those years, have worked in all those properties on building or decoration works.

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Re: The Night-watcher burglar

Post by BlueBag on 30.01.18 9:43

It's the Pink Panther.
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Post by ChippyM on 30.01.18 12:53

I can believe it was an ex-service man or special forces. It takes a certain kind of psychology to carry out the kind of operations they do.

  Working undercover can have a great psychological toll too. It's not uncommon for agents to 'crack' and identify with the criminals they mix with or react against authority.  Others use assumed names and identities years after operations stop due to paranoia.

  An Interesting read ;

https://www.socialsciencespace.com/2013/03/undercover-pressures/

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Re: The Night-watcher burglar

Post by sharonl on 30.01.18 19:41

@loopzdaloop wrote:Hello,
What are the residents of this forum thoughts on the 'night watcher'?
A long and interesting article in the daily mail today, which has much more details. 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5326881/Highly-professional-soldier-responsible-night-raids.html

A brief version in the telegraph 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/police-hunt-night-watcher-burglar-has-hit-seven-wealthy-homes/


[size=39]Police hunt 'Night Watcher' burglar who has hit seven wealthy homes[/size]



[size=39]Burglar hits seven wealthy homes stealing £1m of valuables

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30 JANUARY 2018 • 12:07AM

[size=118]Police are hunting a violent armed burglar who uses “special forces” techniques and military-style expertise to stake out and strike at multi-million pound properties across the Home Counties.
Among those targeted were the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, who were forced to hand over £700,000 of heirlooms after being tied up during a raid at Goodwood estate in Sussex.
Police believe the burglar, dubbed The Night Watcher, spends months staking out secluded houses, sometimes hiding in the grounds, in order to build up an intimate understanding of the daily movements of his victims.
As well as being an expert in covert surveillance, the raider has also shown athletic prowess, scaling high walls and fences while evading detection by sophisticated security systems.
Police said he also displays a chilling degree of nonchalance, even when entering a property with multiple occupants. Once inside, he uses a sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence in order to force the home owners into giving up their valuables.
The raider, who wears a balaclava and dark clothing, usually escapes on foot without leaving any forensic clues.[/size]

[size=39]Victim of violent burglary recounts terrifying ordeal

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He has struck seven times over the past three years in Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent, making off with more than £7 million in valuables.

Detectives said the extraordinary degree of planning and preparation that goes into each raid suggested he has undergone some form of military training, and have not ruled out that he could be a serving soldier.
DNA evidence was found at the scene of one of the raids but this has not been traced to any other offences. There is a database of military personnel DNA, but this is used to identify bodies only in the event of death only and is not available to the police. 
Terrified victims have described how the “well-spoken” raider seems to know the layout of their homes, down to where safes are hidden. He also shows a knowledge of their daily routines, often striking late at night, entering unlocked doors or windows, sometimes waiting until owners let their dogs out.


During the raid on the Goodwood estate in January 2016, the Duke, 61, was struck on the head with a blunt object, before being forced to open a safe.
After being bound and gagged, he and his wife lay injured for two hours before a staff member found them and alerted the police. Among the items stolen were a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to Louise de Kerouaille, his mistress.


Police believe the first raid took place in November 2014, when two women were attacked in their home near Kingswood Golf Club in Surrey and needed treatment in hospital. Similar raids have taken place around every six months, with detectives working on the theory that he strikes after spending the proceeds from each burglary.
Det Insp Dee Fielding, from Surrey Police said: “We do not believe this to be an opportunist burglar, but someone who has specialist knowledge and skills – possibly ex-forces or from a similar background.
“The burglaries all appear to be the work of someone who knows exactly what they are doing and who is incredibly decisive in their actions. On each occasion, unnecessary levels of violence have been used.”

What a load of utter nonsense, or should I say "fake news"?  We will soon hear that this guy, or the Pink Panther if you like, takes regular holidays in Praia Da Luz and was there in May 2007.  I hope that Operation Strange hasn't read this garbage else it will cost us a few million more to locate him.

How on earth could anyone use extreme violence and leave no forensic trace?

duh duh duh

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Post by Verdi on 30.01.18 21:27

@sharonl wrote:How on earth could anyone use extreme violence and leave no forensic trace?

duh duh duh

Ask the dogs Sharon!

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Re: The Night-watcher burglar

Post by sharonl on 30.01.18 21:46

@Verdi wrote:
@sharonl wrote:How on earth could anyone use extreme violence and leave no forensic trace?

duh  duh  duh

Ask the dogs Sharon!

big grin Good answer

At least we'll get some sense out of the dogs. Shame we cant say the same for officers at Operation Grange and their buddies at The Sun

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Post by plebgate on 31.01.18 9:56

The news last night was that the army have dna info on all their staff but they only use it to identify dead bodies.
If extreme violence is being used (and some reports say that DNA has been left at the scene) surely the police could ask the courts to order the army to help?

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