Burglar challenges Sutton police to cops and robbers game - and loses

Sutton Guardian: Burglar challenges police to cops and robbers game - and loses Burglar challenges police to cops and robbers game - and loses

A wanted criminal has been jailed following two years on the run after he challenged police to a game of "cops and robbers" and lost.

Sean Bowman, 44, had been on the run for nearly two years when he called astonished police officers out of the blue and taunted them by saying "let's play cops and robbers. I've been wanted for two years - come and find me if you can".

Bowman, a former martial arts teacher in Sutton, had been on the run since 2011 after he assaulted a woman in the car park of the Butterchurn pub in Erskine Road.

During his time on the run he also burgled a plumbing merchant in Guildford  and an electrical warehouse in Guildford.

Police had been trying to track him down and Detective Constable Ian Griffith and Detective Sergeant James Knight had been making enquiries as to his whereabouts throughout London, Surrey and Hampshire when they got the phone call from Bowman himself on February 20.

From there, it took police just a day to find the hapless criminal at his girlfriend's house in Whitmore Way, Horley, Surrey.

Bowman had been running a bath when police burst into the house and found him cowering in a bedroom wardrobe.

DC Griffith said: "We had obviously touched a nerve somewhere and that had prompted the call to us."

Bowman admitted two counts of burglary at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on February 22.

He was ordered to pay £429 in fines, compensation and court costs. He was cautioned for the assault.

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7:05pm Sat 1 Mar 14

locallady says...

"assaulted a woman in the carpark of The Butterchurn" Is that it? I know that woman & he more than assaulted her, he kicked the living daylights out of her over 40 times, ruined her life by taking away her confidence. It cost her, her elationship & totally changed her & her outlook on life. And all he got was a caution....... That is so wrong.
"assaulted a woman in the carpark of The Butterchurn" Is that it? I know that woman & he more than assaulted her, he kicked the living daylights out of her over 40 times, ruined her life by taking away her confidence. It cost her, her elationship & totally changed her & her outlook on life. And all he got was a caution....... That is so wrong. locallady
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12:55pm Tue 4 Mar 14

emelem says...

what a winner! .....not.
what a winner! .....not. emelem
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6:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

vickykitch says...

This isn't the end ! There is plenty of evidence and I'll not stop until justice is finally served on this animal ! There were plenty of witnesses that are to cowardly to step forward and protect what is right but I don't need it ! Black and white he savaged me thru pure jelousy and evilness ! I'm not the first attack on a female and if its not put right now I won't be the last ! Vicky kitchenham the woman sean bowman assulted ! There are no winners here ! Thanks for support @locallady
This isn't the end ! There is plenty of evidence and I'll not stop until justice is finally served on this animal ! There were plenty of witnesses that are to cowardly to step forward and protect what is right but I don't need it ! Black and white he savaged me thru pure jelousy and evilness ! I'm not the first attack on a female and if its not put right now I won't be the last ! Vicky kitchenham the woman sean bowman assulted ! There are no winners here ! Thanks for support @locallady vickykitch
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2:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

vickykitch says...

My story will be released tomo , have had great advice on what to do next having sat on this an almost feeling on a 2 year prison sentance myself I feel it is my right for myself and my son to do what's right even if the authorites think that a 'caution' is sufficent the evidence I have hasn't been fully investigated! I want a fair trial and if any thing else I should be intitled to that ! Any thing that could help please get in touch even if its annonymous I was scared two years ago scared to death but I need closure and a 'causion' for ruining another families life isn't closure! Vicky Kitchenham
My story will be released tomo , have had great advice on what to do next having sat on this an almost feeling on a 2 year prison sentance myself I feel it is my right for myself and my son to do what's right even if the authorites think that a 'caution' is sufficent the evidence I have hasn't been fully investigated! I want a fair trial and if any thing else I should be intitled to that ! Any thing that could help please get in touch even if its annonymous I was scared two years ago scared to death but I need closure and a 'causion' for ruining another families life isn't closure! Vicky Kitchenham vickykitch
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5:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Local lady butterchurn pub says...

Vicky can you please just stop all these lies and nonsense now please I am Ryan's girlfriend now leave us alone
Vicky can you please just stop all these lies and nonsense now please I am Ryan's girlfriend now leave us alone Local lady butterchurn pub
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5:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

vickykitch says...

Good For you I haven't set out to hurt anyone like I said I left him 3 years ago I was hounded down to last week when I finallly mentioned the injunction ! I have the proof I'm not a liar not one lie I have I said on any comment your more thsee for yourself orr wait bcoz it will be out ! Obviously they've done the job on a lot of people icluding you ! Iv nothing to be ashamed of what so ever ! And I'm defending myself as your right apart from the facts its all nonsense ! Take care and good luck with that !
Good For you I haven't set out to hurt anyone like I said I left him 3 years ago I was hounded down to last week when I finallly mentioned the injunction ! I have the proof I'm not a liar not one lie I have I said on any comment your more thsee for yourself orr wait bcoz it will be out ! Obviously they've done the job on a lot of people icluding you ! Iv nothing to be ashamed of what so ever ! And I'm defending myself as your right apart from the facts its all nonsense ! Take care and good luck with that ! vickykitch
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6:06pm Fri 14 Mar 14

vickykitch says...

More than welcome to see for yourself ! Thanks for removing the filth and thanks for the support @Guardian
More than welcome to see for yourself ! Thanks for removing the filth and thanks for the support @Guardian vickykitch
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3:06pm Sun 23 Mar 14

vickykitch says...

Local lady butterchurn pub wrote:
Vicky can you please just stop all these lies and nonsense now please I am Ryan's girlfriend now leave us alone
Can I suggest you talk to your boyfriend and tell him to stop contacting me ! He went a full week now its back to 8am 10pm I don't need it sort your boyfriend out
[quote][p][bold]Local lady butterchurn pub[/bold] wrote: Vicky can you please just stop all these lies and nonsense now please I am Ryan's girlfriend now leave us alone[/p][/quote]Can I suggest you talk to your boyfriend and tell him to stop contacting me ! He went a full week now its back to 8am 10pm I don't need it sort your boyfriend out vickykitch
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