Teens charged over Hedge End ‘Key Safe’ burglaries


Not so safe?

Two teenagers have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglaries in Hedge End and Southampton that were effected by forcibly opening ‘key safes’.

Key safes are externally mounted locked boxes that used to keep a spare house key safe and are usually accessed by a combination code.

Last year Hampshire Police had warned that there had been a spate of burglaries in the Southampton area as a result of Key Safes being tampered with and advised householders to remove the key from them when they were not needed.

Operation Hawk  – a specialist investigation team at Southampton Central Police Station – has jointly charged Brandon Craig Howells, aged 18, Belmont Road, Southampton and Andrew Redknapp, aged 19, of Mount Road ,Thatcham with conspiracy to commit dwelling burglaries between Oct 31, 2018 and December 11, 2018.

The conspiracy incorporates 14 charges each. In total, 12 burglaries and two attempted burglaries.

Howells also faces a charge of allowing himself to be carried in a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent.

Redknapp faces two extra charges of burglary, seven attempted burglary charges, five theft of motor vehicles and two dangerous driving offences.

The theft of motor vehicle charges relate to burglaries where cars were stolen.

The two men will appear before Southampton Magistrates Court on July 29.