Cardiff striker’s father took BB gun to retrieve son’s stolen kit

Cardiff City striker’s father donned camouflage jacket and armed himself with BB gun and baseball bat on mission to retrieve his son’s stolen football kit

  • Elvis Bogle, 60, father of Omar Bogle, took law into his own hands after a tip-off
  • His son’s football kit and equipment ‘costing thousands’ were stolen from a car
  • Bogle spotted by police and was handed 100 hours of unpaid community work 

A Cardiff City striker’s father donned a camouflage jacket and armed himself with a BB gun and baseball bat on a mission to retrieve his son’s stolen football kit. 

Elvis Bogle, 60, father of Omar Bogle, took the law into his own hands after being given a tip-off about the identity of the thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment from his son’s car.

But Bogle and an accomplice were spotted by police on patrol in Handsworth, Birmingham, on May 4 this year.


Elvis Bogle, 60, (right, outside court) father of Omar Bogle, (left, playing for Birmingham City) took the law into his own hands after being given a tip-off about the identity of the thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment from his son’s car

The officer then saw the pair go to a local house where ‘vulnerable’ people lived.

After some time, the two men left – but by then other officers had arrived, and the suspects were detained.

When asked what was inside his ‘man bag’, Bogle said it was a gun.

Aliya Rashid, prosecuting, said it was found to be a BB-style gun and was unloaded.

Police officers later recovered the baseball bat from a garden a few yards away.

When later interviewed, Bogle said his 25-year-old son, who had been visiting him, had discovered his high-value Range Rover had been broken into, and contents had been stolen.

Miss Rashid said: ‘His son is a professional footballer and he had thousands of pounds worth of training kit inside the back of the car.’

Bogle explained that a neighbour who had witnessed the theft had seen those responsible head to the property. 

Miss Rashid said: ‘The defendant decided to go to that address that night to see if any of the stolen items could be recovered.

Omar Bogle celebrating a goal with his Grimsby teammate Jon Nolan on May 15, 2015

But Bogle, who said he had the gun for self-protection, told the police that there had been nobody at the address.

Bogle, of West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon and carrying an imitation firearm in a public place.

He was handed a 12-month community order and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Heidi Kubic told Bogle: ‘You were seeking to return property that had been stolen from your son.

‘Happily, these weapons were not produced or brandished, or used to threaten anybody else, and you were quickly apprehended.’

She said she had also taken into account that Bogle was the carer for his own elderly father.

Jonathan Barker, defending, said the defendant’s son had stayed with him overnight, and that he had to return to his club to play a game on the Saturday.

Mr Barker said: ‘Bogle, with another, sought to recover the items from a house where they believed those responsible resided.

‘He acknowledges he ought to have called the police and not to have taken matters into his own hands.’

Omar Bogle has represented a string of Football League clubs including Grimsby Town Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United, Birmingham City and Portsmouth, and won an England C cap while playing for non-league Solihull Moors.

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