Prolific burglar who targeted schools and shops jailed for two years

PUBLISHED: 13:19 30 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:19 30 October 2014

David Foster.

David Foster.


A man who went on a ‘burgling spree’ in Bromley and Croydon has been jailed for two years.

David Edward Francis Foster, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court yesterday (October 29).

He admitted being responsible for 18 non-residential burglaries between July 7 and August 19.

Foster’s crime spree began on after a break-in was reported at Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park in July, where alcohol had been stolen from a catering box.

He continued up until August 19 and he mainly stole cash or electrical items, such as laptops, dvd players or cameras during the burglaries.

Amongst the burglaries he committed were several at shops and restaurants in and around Westow Street and the Crystal Palace Triangle area in August.

Foster also targeted a number of schools, burgling two Harris Academy schools in Beckenham and South Norwood, Cypress Junior school in south Norwood, the Phil Edwards Centre in Upper Norwood and Ravensbourne school in Hayes Lane, Bromley.

Det Const Drew Dunmill said: “Foster targeted shops, business premises and schools over the summer months and along with the value of the goods or cash that he stole, he also caused several thousand pounds worth of damage to the premises.

“He was extremely prolific and was responsible for a big proportion of non-residential burglaries in the Bromley and Croydon area over the summer. A number of my colleagues worked on this case and thanks to their efforts, Foster was convicted of 18 burglaries and will be behind bars for a considerable period, which will be reassuring for the local community and those affected.”

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