A thief who was captured on CCTV by his former boss helping himself to the contents of a chicken shop till has been jailed.
Adam Hamzah Deen, 43, (09/03/71) of Blackfriars Road, SE1 was sentenced on Friday, 25 April at Isleworth Crown Court, to nine months of imprisonment for nine counts of burglary which occurred between 13 November and 19 December 2013 at ‘Chicken Supreme’ on Kingsley Road, Hounslow.
He was found guilty of the offences on 21 March at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court.
Deen, an ex-employee at the fast food takeaway, was renting a flat above the shop at the time of the offences. In November 2013 the owner of the business started to notice that money was missing from the till on a regular basis. He also noticed that there was no sign of any forced entry into the shop.
Following the theft of Â£100 from his till on 19 December, the shop owner reviewed CCTV taken for that whole night whilst the shop was closed. He found that at 04:49hrs a man, who he identified as Deen – also his then tenant – went inside the shop to open the till with a knife and hammer to extract cash. The manager immediately reported the incidents to police, and supplied officers with CCTV for nine offences. In total Â£1,000 – Â£1,500 had been stolen throughout the two-month period.
During each offence, Deen had used a key, which was believed to have been stolen during the time he worked at the shop, in order to gain entry.
Officers from Hounslow CID arrested Deen on 31 December 2013 in Hammersmith and he was subsequently charged with nine counts of burglary on 1 January 2014.