Bryher Theft In 2011 Remains Unsolved

The stolen goods that were recovered from the seabed

The stolen goods that were recovered from the seabed

A series of thefts on Bryher remains unsolved after police say an admission to the crime has been withdrawn.

The one-day crime wave shocked residents on August 13th 2011, after the collection box at All Saints church was broken open and emptied, and five Blackberry phones and an iPad were stolen from a charging point.

Sergeant Colin Taylor said Devon detectives were asked by St Mary’s Police in December to re-visit a man in prison who had made an admission to an act of theft from Bryher in 2011.

Colin says it was recognised that there were other crime matters that were outstanding which were likely to have been linked to his admitted theft. The man was asked if he was also responsible for these other thefts that involved stolen mobile phones, alcohol and money from honesty and charity boxes.

However, the man completely withdrew his admission for the initial theft and denied ever having been to Bryher or even Scilly.

He cannot now be shown to have committed these acts and as such his admission, which was taken into consideration, has been withdrawn.

Colin says the thefts remain unsolved although many of the stolen items were recovered from the seabed much later by local diver David McBride and some were found washed up on the shore of Bryher.

The recovered coins along with SIM and memory cards from the mobiles, which were found to be still working despite being in the sea for many months, have been returned to the owners.

Colin says he has spoken with residents on Bryher to inform them of these developments. They did express their concern that it was strange that the discarded property was found in the position it was, mid channel and upstream from where the tripper boats sail.

It was felt that it was more likely that whoever had taken the items had done so with an accomplice and had access to their own boat.

He added that it’s encouraging that there have been no repeats of this nature and there were no such thefts reported in 2012.