Burglar, 24, who stole more than £800,000 worth of luxury cars and valuables in an ‘astonishing’ six-month crime spree is jailed for six years

  • Dale Melia stole cars, jewellery, cash and electronics across four counties
  • Melia, from Coventry stole 19 high-performance cars in just six-months 
  • He was finally arrested after forensic teams linked him to a string of break-ins  

Dale Melia (pictured above) stole 19 high performance cars 

A burglar who stole more than £800,000 worth of luxury cars and valuables has been jailed for six years.

Dale Melia carried out and ‘astonishing’ six-month crime spree which included a string of break-ins across four counties.

The 24-year-old from Coventry also stole 19 high-performance cars including BMW and Mercedes models.

Between October 2018 and March this year he raided properties in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. His loot consisted of cash, electronics, jewellery and cars.

On March 27 he was finally arrested after forensic teams linked him to a string of break-ins.

He was jailed on Friday 24 May for six-and-a-half years, admitting a string of burglaries at Warwick Crown Court.

Melia pleaded guilty to 28 counts of burglary, six counts of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of attempted burglary, one count of driving while disqualified and one count of driving without insurance.

Detective Constable Tim O’Mahoney, of Warwickshire Police, said: ‘The scale of Melia’s offending was astonishing and there is no doubt our communities are safer with him in prison.

‘Following a thorough investigation and support from the public Melia’s crimes finally caught up with him and he is now behind bars facing the consequences of his actions.’

Melia’s one-man crime spree spanning four UK counties 

Dale Melia embarked on a six-month crime spree across the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. He we detail where and when his crimes took place.  

October 16: Burglary in Sharnford, Leicestershire. Stole a car

October 18: Burglary in Sharnford. Stole a car

November 1: Burglary in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Stole jewellery, cash and a car

November 2: Burglary in Whitestone, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Stole a car and computer

November 17: Burglary in Milverton, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

November 19: Burglary in Southam, Warwickshire. Stole a car

November 20: Burglary in Heathcote, Warwick. Stole jewellery, cash and electronics

December 6: Burglary in Collycroft, Bedworth, Warwickshire. Stole a watch and car

December 7: Attempted burglary in St Nicholas Park, Nuneaton

December 19: Burglary in Sydenham, Leamington Spa. Stole a car, computer equipment and a watch

December 22: Burglary near Warwick. Stole a car

January 7: Burglary in Hatton, Warwickshire. Stole a car

January 8: Burglary in Sharnford. Stole a car, jewellery, sunglasses and cash

January 18: Burglary in Sharnford

January 26: Burglary in Cawston, Rugby, Warwickshire. Stole a car key

February 18: Burglary in Hinckley, Leicesterhshire. Stole a car

February 25: Burglary in Burbage, Leicestershire. Stole a car, jewellery, watches, cash and electrical equipment

February 26: Theft of a motor vehicle in Rugby

February 26: Burglary in Knowle, West Midlands. Stole jewellery

March 4: Burglary in Cosby, Leicestershire. Stole a car

March 8: Burglary in Sydenham, Leamington. Stole a car and jewellery

March 9: Burglary in Whetstone, Leics. Stole a car

March 13: Burglary in Bulkington, Warwickshire. Stole a car

March 14: Burglary in Ash Green, Warkwickshire. Stole a watch

March 14: Burglary in Knowle. Stole jewellery

March 14: Burglary in Dorridge, Warwickshire

March 18: Theft of a car from Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire

March 18: Attempted burglary in Lutterworth, Leicestershire

March 25: Burglary in Ullesthorpe. Stole a car, cash, a watch and sunglasses

March 26: Burglary in Hatton. Stole jewellery and clothes

March 26: Burglary in Hatton. Stole a car and jewellery

March 27: Burglary in Kenilworth, Warwickshire


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