Bang & Olufsen products figure on everyone’s wish list. Some people will toil hard to make the moolah afford that B&O product they have always craved, while others will adopt cheap shortcut ways. A recent incident shows how the greed of two youngsters for a B & O television led them to resort to stealing and finally arrested. The B& O bandits, Michael and Raymond Brain, both brothers, were nabbed when they tried to buy cables for their stolen B & O television at a Bang & Olufsen store the very next day after their theft. The brothers, who are both in their 20s and on income support, stole the £15,000 Bang & Olufsen television as well as a bag with a wallet and camera inside from Emsworth, Hams home while the owners were asleep. The next day he and his brother Michael, 29, went to the exclusive Bang and Olufsen shop in Chichester, West Sussex, and asked for the cables. But their shell suits and baseball caps aroused suspicion in the staff who detained them until the police arrived to arrest them.
The two thieves tried to convince the cops they were buying cables for a friend, but the footprint from the younger brother’s Reebok trainer showed he had been at the victim’s house, leaving them no choice but to accept their crime. What is more, the brothers are no virgins in the theft business; the court heard Raymond Brain had committed 142 previous offenses, including 56 of theft, while Michael has been convicted of 143 previous offenses, including 88 counts of theft. However, the lawyer defending the two tried to blame the theft on the undertrial’s drug and drink addictions. The final verdict?
Judge Graham White said he gave the pair a chance to tackle their drug habits and handed them both a 12-month community order with supervision and nine months of drug treatment. But not before adding a warning, “If it fails, putting it colloquially, you’ve had it.”