Armed burglar sentenced after threatening to shoot couple and dog - Methwold
Armed burglar Matthew Carpenter has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court after assaulting a couple and threatening to hurt their dog with an imitation gun, demanding money and gold before making off empty-handed.
Matthew Carpenter, 40, currently c/o HMP Peterborough, admitted aggravated burglary and being in possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday (18 June 2021). A third charge of conspiracy to commit burglary is to lay on file.
Police linked Carpenter to the crimes through forensic evidence and found he matched the victim’s description. A phone seized from him after officers stopped him while he was driving a white Ford Transit Connect van in Cambridgeshire on Monday 22 June 2020 revealed incriminating evidence such as videos with him posing with what is believed to be an imitation handgun.
On Tuesday 19 May 2020, Carpenter had walked into the victim’s home in Chapel lane, Methwold, at 6pm with an imitation gun, a crow bar wrapped in a bag and disguising himself, using a sock as a face mask. He found the two victims, a man and woman, inside and demanded ‘gold and money’ while threatening to shoot them and their dog. The male victim was struck on the head with the gun, resulting in lacerations to the right side of his head.
Carpenter subsequently fled the scene with nothing, with a witness stating he saw a man making off in a white Ford Connect van. The blue/grey sock used as a mask was left at the scene and tested by forensics. A mixed DNA profile came back and identified Matthew Carpenter as a suspect, who also matched the victim’s descriptions of the suspect as well as having relevant previous convictions for violent offences.
Detective Sergeant Alex Gilmour said: "The victims were left in fear of their lives and had no idea if the firearm being aimed at them was real or not. Understandably they were very shaken up by the whole incident.
"We would like this to be a message that we will not tolerate this kind of activity in Norfolk and will not hesitate to bring violent offenders to justice.”