Serial burglar dubbed the Essex Spiderman who raided Lord Sugar's home amid £1.2m crime spree targeting county's 200 richest must pay Apprentice star more than £170,000 compensation

  • David Buisson, 50, made a list of wealthiest people in Essex he could target 
  • He was last year jailed for eight years for 11 burglaries and two attempted ones
  • Today a proceeds of crime hearing saw him made to pay Lord Sugar, 72, £170k 

A serial burglar known as the 'Essex Spiderman' who raided Lord Sugar's home in a £1.2million crime spree has been told to pay him £170,000 in compensation.    

David Buisson, 50, stole cash and jewellery during a six-month 'orgy' of burglaries in 2017 after he made a list of the 192 wealthiest people in Essex. 

He broke into homes and businesses across Epping Forest and Canvey Island, which included two raids on Lord Alan Sugar's Chigwell mansion. 

Buisson, a former helicopter pilot, admitted 11 burglaries and two attempted ones and was sentenced to eight years behind bars at Basildon Crown Court last year. 

He was today brought back before a judge for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was ordered to pay compensation to eight of his victims, including Lord Sugar, 72.   

David Buisson, 50, stole cash and jewellery during a six-month 'orgy' of burglaries after he made a list of the 192 wealthiest people in Essex
He raided homes and businesses across Epping Forest and Canvey Island, which included Lord Alan Sugar's Chigwell mansion

David Buisson (police mugshot left), 50, stole cash and jewellery during a six-month 'orgy' of burglaries after he made a list of the 192 wealthiest people in Essex, which included Lord Alan Sugar (right) 

Callum Munday, prosecuting, said that Buisson had benefited from the burglaries to the tune of £1,270,379.50. He said that £294,973 of assets could be realised.

Judge Ian Graham ordered the confiscation of these assets, and that compensation be paid to eight victims, including £173,977.77 to Lord Sugar.

He gave Buisson three months to comply with the court order, with four years in prison should he fail to do so.

Bussion was said to have used Facebook to make a list of the wealthiest people in Essex, with seven of the people on the searches later being burgled by him.

A raid was also carried out on the home of joint chairman of West Ham United David Sullivan, although Buisson was never charged in relation to that crime.

He used a ladder to get inside Sir Sugar's home on June 5 last year and took watches and jewellery worth £184,000. He then returned the following night to try and open a safe with a drill. 

Among his other crimes, Buisson admitted a 2015 burglary at Smith's Brasserie in Ongar, a place popular with the stars of The Only Way Is Essex.

The court previously heard how he disabled the alarm and spent 40 minutes opening a safe using specialist equipment.

After police searched his home and found signal-jamming equipment, Buisson went on the run.

Essex Police said officers investigating Buisson had found tools and items used for drilling and lock picking at addresses linked to him in Ongar and Woodford. They also found a stolen drone and jewellery.

A seized computer showed internet searches had been made for some of the addresses that were later burgled. 

He fled to Spain and was caught by the National Crime Agency in Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol. He returned to the UK in May.

Pictured: Lord Alan Sugar's Chigwell mansion in Essex

Pictured: Lord Alan Sugar's Chigwell mansion in Essex 

As well as his jail term, Buisson was also placed under a serious crime prevention order.

This will restrict access to equipment that he could use to commit again for five years following release.

His trial heard that Buisson was sometimes helped by his nephew Benjamin Buisson, 29, who would wait in a getaway car.

Benjamin Buisson, also from Ongar, was jailed for two years after admitting eight counts of burglary, four committed with his uncle, at an earlier hearing.

Detective Inspector Rob Staples said after Buisson was jailed: 'The detectives involved in this complex investigation left no stone unturned to identify and locate David Buisson to hold him to account for his part in these offences.'

Serial Essex Burglar known as spiderman to pay £170,00 to Lord Alan Sugar for burglaries

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