Convicted gun thug had ‘burglary kit’ in stolen car and designer watch at home

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Police who arrested a convicted gun thug found he was driving a stolen Audi with a sock covering the gear stick and a ‘burglar’s kit’ in the trunk.

Dean Colquhoun drove the state-of-the-art RS3 on fake plates – the legitimate ones also hidden in the vehicle.

A raid on his home months later led to the recovery of a batch of flash items including designer shoes and watches made by Cartier and Rolex.

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Colquhoun was jailed on Monday for a series of offenses including escaping from legal custody after fleeing police while in hospital.

His 49-month sentence marked the final sentence given to the 26-year-old, whose previous convictions include two firearms offences.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was arrested while driving the Audi on January 15, 2020.

Nine days earlier the car – worth over £50,000 when sold new – was stolen from a Lancashire lane.



Dean Colquhoun, 26, of HMP Berwyn but formerly of Waterloo, was sentenced to 49 months for burglary, possession with intent to supply cannabis, escaping lawful custody and possession of criminal property. Image: Merseyside Police

Zara Baqri, prosecuting, said there was a sock on the gear lever – believed to have been to prevent fingerprints from being left there – and what she described as a “burglar’s kit” in the chest.

This included a crowbar, gloves and a balaclava.

The court heard Colquhoun aided those who carried out the burglary by meeting them near the scene and driving a motorbike used by one of them back to Liverpool.



A designer watch that was part of a collection found by police at Dean Colquhoun's home.  Image: Merseyside Police
A designer watch that was part of a collection found by police at Dean Colquhoun’s home. Image: Merseyside Police

It was claimed that he was then driving the stolen Audi on January 15 because he agreed to change the tires on other people’s behalf.

Colquhoun admitted to being burgled due to his involvement in the incident – his ‘third strike’ for the offense, meaning he qualified for a minimum three-year sentence. He had been charged with two other burglaries, but the prosecution asked that they be left on file after he admitted playing a role in the Audi conspiracy.



A designer watch that was part of a collection found by police at Dean Colquhoun's home.  Image: Merseyside Police
A designer watch that was part of a collection found by police at Dean Colquhoun’s home. Image: Merseyside Police

When police executed a warrant at his home months later, they found cannabis in street bags along with a consignment of expensive clothing and watches, including two Rolexes and a Cartier.

They were seized by the police.

Colquhoun, of HMP Berwyn but formerly of Waterloo, was not at home when this raid was carried out and remained wanted until October of the same year, when he was arrested after a struggle following a patrol of police who spotted him in a taxi.

He was injured during the arrest and taken to Aintree Hospital where, despite being handcuffed and in police custody, he escaped. He was, however, caught in a nearby garden after about 30 minutes.

Colquhoun admitted burglary, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, escape from lawful custody and possession of criminal property – relating to £4,000 found in the taxi he was spotted in.

He had 10 prior convictions for 27 offenses including possession of an imitation firearm with intent to fear violence and possession of a firearm without a legal certificate.

Sentencing him, the judge, Recorder David Knifton, QC, told Colquhoun: “You clearly have a long way to go in understanding the effect your crimes have on others. If you intend to change your behavior in the future, you should spend time in detention thinking about the effect your actions have on others.

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