Hapless pair jailed after googling ‘how to open window’ and ‘what to do with £3m’

A bungling pair have been jailed after police found Google search results for “how to open a locked window” and “what to do with £3 million” on one of their mobile phones.

Jordan Malcom-Taylor, 28, and Nikisha Hosten, 22, had been planning on breaking into a house in Virginia Water, Surrey, in April 2020 and had entered through a fence before they were spotted running through the back garden.

An occupant of the house chased Malcom-Taylor in a bid to get him to stop and while he was able to escape at first, he was later arrested by local police in his getaway vehicle after they noticed he matched the description of the suspect.

In the car, officers found two knives, an imitation firearm, handcuffs and a bank card belonging to Hosten, who was then arrested at her home two days later.

And after arresting Hosten, police tracked down her phone to find incriminating Google search results for “what to do with £3 million”, “where to get a gun”, and “how to open a locked window” in her browser history.

Further damning evidence was uncovered after the pair’s arrest, including CCTV footage of them carrying out a reconnaissance visit to the area the day before the offence.

Police also searched Hosten’s home to find a key belonging to the patio door of the house where the burglary was due to take place, while a bag dropped near the home by Malcom-Taylor during his escape was found to contain a claw hammer, cable ties and a jerry can of petrol.

Both were found guilty of attempted aggravated burglary and possession of an imitation firearm following a trial at Kingston crown court.

The pair were sentenced on July 29 after they originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Malcom-Taylor, of Tottenham, was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison while Hosten, of Mitcham, received 11 years.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Clarke, who investigated the case, said after the sentencing that it was a “relief” that the pair were now behind bars.

She explained: “Hosten and Malcom-Taylor had planned to carry out a violent burglary and showed frightening disregard for their victims in the process. Thankfully, their plans were foiled.

“The evidence against them was overwhelming and painted a real picture of the lengths they were willing to go to purely for selfish, monetary gain. It is a relief that they are now behind bars.”