Dene Tregidgo jailed for Boslowick Road Post Office raid

Falmouth Packet: The damaged door at the scene The damaged door at the scene

A man sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his part in an attempted burglary at Falmouth's Boslowick Road Post Office took part in a "last ditch attempt" to raise cash to stop his son being adopted.

Dene Tregidgo, age 22, of Esperanza Court in Falmouth, was a member of a group of three people who broke into the Post Office in the early hours of February 18, and attempted to steal safe containing over £20,000 after breaking through a reinforced outer door and a wooden inner door and disabling the alarm and camera systems.

At Truro Crown Court, prosecutor Sally Daulton told Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC that a neighbour was woken by the sounds of scraping and dragging metal.

At 4am they heard a bang from the building and called the police, and upon arrival officers found three men at the back entrance to the shop, including Tregidgo, who was said to have been “kicking a large grey metal safe”.

The three ran off, but Tregidgo stopped and put his hands on his head when he was told that police had a taser.

A large metal breaker bar and a metal wheelbarrow were also found nearby.

The court also heard that Mr Tregidgo told police he had been a lookout when the outer door had been broken, but had been involved in breaking the inner door and disabling the alarms, and that the group had waited an hour after disabling the alarms to see if there was any response.

Paul Gallagher, for the defence, said the break in was a “last ditch attempt” by Tregidgo to raise money for a deposit and rent on a flat to prevent his young son being put up for adoption, as he had been living with his mother but had been asked to leave, and was subsequently “sofa surfing” at the time he committed the crime.

He said, in mitigation, that although the group had planned to break in to the building, they were “ill equipped” for the job and only found the metal pole when hiding on fields after the alarm beeped.

The court was also told that they had not thought about what they would find in the Post Office, and had not planned for the size of the safe, which was so heavy it took six police officers to lift, so one of the group had to go off and find the wheelbarrow.When police arrived, said Mr Gallagher, Tregidgo wasn't kicking the safe but “had his back wedged against the wall, using his feet to push the safe along the ground to tip it into the wheelbarrow.”

He said this showed that while the attempt had taken “some planning”, there had “not been much deep thought.”

Tregidgo was given three and a half years in prison, which included two months of a suspended sentence for fraud which he received five days before the burglary, and was also made to pay a victim surcharge of £120, payable within five years.

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2:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

saintchez says...

As far as I am aware the post office manager actually lives in a totally different town!
As far as I am aware the post office manager actually lives in a totally different town! saintchez
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6:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Falwheeler says...

If you can get hold of this weeks West Briton, you will be able to get the correct details and re write your story
If you can get hold of this weeks West Briton, you will be able to get the correct details and re write your story Falwheeler
  • Score: -3

8:07pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

I find it interesting that someone who appears to me to be having a dig at the Packet and promoting the West Briton, is busy reading the Packet website!
I find it interesting that someone who appears to me to be having a dig at the Packet and promoting the West Briton, is busy reading the Packet website! Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 2

8:56am Sat 22 Mar 14

Falwheeler says...

Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
I find it interesting that someone who appears to me to be having a dig at the Packet and promoting the West Briton, is busy reading the Packet website!
I don't understand the remark "someone who appears to be me". I wor at that PO and the story is totally inaccurate. By the way I worked at the Packet for 36 years
[quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: I find it interesting that someone who appears to me to be having a dig at the Packet and promoting the West Briton, is busy reading the Packet website![/p][/quote]I don't understand the remark "someone who appears to be me". I wor at that PO and the story is totally inaccurate. By the way I worked at the Packet for 36 years Falwheeler
  • Score: -1

9:11am Sat 22 Mar 14

Falwheeler says...

Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say.
Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say. Falwheeler
  • Score: -1

9:38am Sat 22 Mar 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Falwheeler wrote:
Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say.
Hope you weren't a proof reader!!
See how easy it is to make a mistake. Don't think the West Briton is perfect.
[quote][p][bold]Falwheeler[/bold] wrote: Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say.[/p][/quote]Hope you weren't a proof reader!! See how easy it is to make a mistake. Don't think the West Briton is perfect. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 4

10:02am Sat 22 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Falwheeler wrote:
Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say.
No problem, I make enough mistakes.
[quote][p][bold]Falwheeler[/bold] wrote: Sorry misread the first bit of your comment but the rest of what I say is as I say.[/p][/quote]No problem, I make enough mistakes. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 5

3:56pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Kernowkarmann says...

I just read the West Briton story and it seemed to be the same?

Here's a challenge: can you think of a more depressing shop in Falmouth than Bozzy Post Office?! It's like stepping back into the USSR, I always expect to have to pay in Roubles when I'm sending a letter to Boris in the Siberian gulag.....

Surely they can do something with the space? Remember when it used to be nice (I think that was in the 80's!)
I just read the West Briton story and it seemed to be the same? Here's a challenge: can you think of a more depressing shop in Falmouth than Bozzy Post Office?! It's like stepping back into the USSR, I always expect to have to pay in Roubles when I'm sending a letter to Boris in the Siberian gulag..... Surely they can do something with the space? Remember when it used to be nice (I think that was in the 80's!) Kernowkarmann
  • Score: 12

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