Brothers sentenced after seven-minute response to aggravated burglary
Two men who were arrested within seven minutes of a 999 call as they tried to flee an aggravated burglary in Reigate have been jailed.
A number of officers responded to the call in Alexander Road on October 12 this year finding Harry Stockwell hiding behind a car and his brother Charlie was arrested trying to jump over a fence. The first 999 call was made at 11.27pm and they were arrested by 11.34pm.
They forced their way into the house, leading the family inside to barricade themselves in an upstairs bedroom.
The Stockwells, pictured left, smashed a hole in the bedroom door and pointed a handgun, later revealed to be a BB gun, through the door at them. Having failed to gain entry they ran outside and damaged a car belonging to the victims.
Officers searched the area and found nearby the BB gun and a knife also used during the incident.
Detective Sergeant Kerry Akehurst said: “This was a terrifying incident for the victims who feared for their lives and had to barricade themselves in a room of their own home while Harry and Charlie aggressively threatened them.
“Fortunately we were able to get to the scene within seven minutes and arrest both of these men.
“We understand that this incident has had a significant impact on the local community because of the fear created by the Stockwell’s actions, however I hope their swift arrest and sentence is of some reassurance.
“We care incredibly about the communities we serve and do our utmost to protect people in need.”
Charlie Stockwell, 18, and Harry Stockwell, 20, both of Stuart Crescent, Reigate were charged with aggravated, possession of an imitation firearm and criminal damage.
They pleaded guilty to all offences and were each sentenced at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (December 18) to five years in a young offenders institute. The sentence included five years for the aggravated burglary, with 12 months for possession of an imitation firearm and 4 months for criminal damage to be served concurrently.
They also had to pay a victim surcharge of £170.