Mark Ishmael: Dumb Burglar jailed after giving himself away in pizza shop

Ishmael had over 40 previous convictions

Mark Ishmael has been jailed for almost six years

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A burglar who gave himself away in a pizza shop has been jailed for five years and nine months.

Officers swooped to arrest Mark Ishmael in Otford, Kent, after hearing one of his fellow customers ordering extra pepperoni in a nearby pizzeria.

Ishmael had stolen a phone from a nearby residential property and answered it when officers called, before accidentally leaving the line open.

Officers were able to hear the pepperoni order, and established that the 51-year-old was in a nearby pizza shop - allowing them to move in and arrest.
Ishmael was subsequently charged with three counts of burglary and went on to plead guilty to all three offences.

He was sentenced to five years for these offences at Maidstone Crown Cour.

The court heard that Ishmael committed the burglaries on the evening of October 28, stealing jewellery, watches, laptops, tablet computers, designer handbags and a Mercedes car key.

The first two burglaries that were reported occurred in Station Road, Otford, and detectives managed to arrest Ishmael within three hours.

The detectives tracked a phone he had stolen to the Old Kent Road in London and called it to see if they were able to locate the offender.

Ishmael answered and then failed to turn the phone off properly, allowing officers to realise his location.

Officers went straight to the pizza shop and located Ishmael with a bag containing the phone.

Following a search he was also found to be in possession of watches, jewellery and a Mercedes car key.

He denied that the bag was his but when his shoes were seen to match a shoe print taken from the scene of one of the burglaries (pictured to the right) he was arrested. 

Whilst under investigation for the two burglaries, officers also identified he was a suspect for a burglary in London Road, Wrotham, which took place on the same night.

A shoe print taken from that burglary was found to match Ishmael’s trainers and the car key he was found in possession of belonged to a vehicle registered to that address.

Further to the burglary charges, Ishmael also admitted trying to pervert the course of justice by providing officers with a false name when he was arrested.

For this he received an additional nine-month sentence, which is to be served consecutively.

Detective Constable Barrie Prowse, the investigating officer for the case, said: "Ishmael is a prolific offender with over 40 previous convictions, many of which are for burglary or theft offences.

"He callously seeks to steal items of high and sentimental value from innocent members of the public before selling them on for his own means.

"He presents a real and significant risk to the rest of society and it is entirely appropriate that he has received this sentence."