Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vanishing Act: PS100,000 Jewels Raid at Dynamo Home; EXCLUSIVE Thief Who Raided Dynamo's House Also Faces Jail for Deadly Hit-and-Run

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vanishing Act: PS100,000 Jewels Raid at Dynamo Home; EXCLUSIVE Thief Who Raided Dynamo's House Also Faces Jail for Deadly Hit-and-Run

Article excerpt

Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Correspondent

MAGICIAN Dynamo's home was ransacked by a prolific thief who stole designer watches, high-value jewellery and a deck of cards in a PS100,000 raid.

The illusionist, whose real name is Steven Frayne, returned home from a trip to South Africa to find his PS1.3 million home near Hampstead Heath had been broken into. The culprit, Alistair McWilliams, 33, had forced his way into the back of the Grade II listed home, stealing Rolex and Cartier watches, jewellery worth thousands of pounds, as well as electronic goods including an iPad and a laptop. The thief also swiped a deck of cards belonging to the magician, and left possessions strewn around the bedroom floor, the Old Bailey heard.

McWilliams triggered an alarm at the home Dynamo shares with his wife Kelly, but it was dismissed as a false alarm when a friend went round to check the front of the property and could see nothing wrong. James Dawson, prosecuting, said McWilliams had clambered over a fence on May 20 and forced his way into a first-floor bedroom at the back of the home, taking advantage of renovation work next door to disguise the break-in. He said when Dynamo and his wife returned Continued on Page 7 Continued from Page 1 they "initially didn't think there had been a burglary because the ground floor was untouched," he said.

"When they went to the bedroom, they immediately realised they had been burgled. Property was strewn over the toilet area, there had been a rough search."

McWilliams, who has a long criminal record including burglaries, thefts and a PS200,000 raid on a jewellers in Devon, was snared thanks to DNA he left behind on a tree branch while climbing over the fence.

He concocted a story that he had been hiding from men he had interrupted having sex on the Heath. But this was dismissed as an invention and a jury convicted him of burglary by a majority of 10-2 after a two-day trial. Today Mrs Frayne said her husband had "no comment to make" about the raid. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.