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Mobile phone evidence gives burglar extra two years behind bars

01 Oct, 2018 09:54 News Behind Bars
Jason Johnston, 47, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a string of offences in East Surrey on Thursday (27 September), and saw his sentence extended to eight years. 

Johnston was already serving six years for a burglary in Tadworth in October 2016 during which he was interrupted by the home owner. The victim chased Johnston from his home and managed to get pictures of the getaway car. Police tracked down the car, arrested Johnston and seized his phone.

Phone evidence linked him to a further 10 burglaries throughout East Surrey including Dorking, Banstead, Redhill, Oxted and Ashtead. For this he received a further two years added on to his sentence and he will have a another three years’ probation on his release.

In total £37,495.31 worth of jewellery, cash and other items were taken during these burglaries.

PC Elliott Hartley, who investigated the burglaries, said: “Johnston was already serving time for the first burglary, but further evidence we managed to gather from his mobile phone identified him as having committed another 10 offences and as a result his sentence was extended.

“I hope that the sentence given to Johnston this week will send out a strong message that we will not tolerate burglaries being committed in our local communities and that we will do everything possible to identify those responsible.

“I would like to thank DC Rackstraw for all her assistance during this investigation.”

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