South Cambs Police officers and staff worked closely with other forces to ensure that a gang who stole nearly £1million worth of cars and property from homes across East Anglia have been jailed.
The gang were involved in 102 burglaries in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Enfield and Buckinghamshire between March 18 and September 29, 2014. There were 36 offences in Cambridgeshire, 24 of which were in South Cambs alone.
The total property stolen amounted to £970,000 of which around £159,000 worth was recovered.
Items stolen included cars, money, computer equipment, electrical goods and jewellery, much of which was sold on.
They were caught after committing six house burglaries in one day in Cambridgeshire in March 2014. An attempt to stop the vehicle used that day resulted in the gang ‘ramming’ a Cambridgeshire Police motorcyclist causing him a broken arm.
Couple Luke Wall, 24, and mum-of-three Teresa Connors, 21, both of Leicester Road, Tilbury, Kyle Shillingford, 27, of no fixed address, and Joseph Mahon, 20, of Fanshawe Road, Cambridge, all admitted conspiracy to commit burglary. Robert Butler, 31, of Lilliput Road, Romford, denied conspiracy to commit burglary but was convicted after a trial.
They were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday the 18th of June 2015. Judge John Devaux described Wall as being the leader of the group and jailed him for eight years.
Butler was jailed for seven years, Mahon for 40 months and Connors for eight months.
Shillingford was jailed for 28 months.
The judge commented that all played a part in a significant conspiracy to burgle properties in a large geographical area where high value property was stolen and that they had all shown a significant degree of planning and sophistication.