Trio jailed for more than 11 years for Woldingham burglary
Three burglars have been jailed for more than 11 years between them after being stopped in possession of stolen items taken from a home in Woldingham earlier that day.
High value jewellery, electrical items, designer accessories and cash were stolen from the property on The Ridge on Thursday, 3 May.
The burglars also stopped off at another property in Woldingham but were disturbed by the homeowner and said they were lost. That evening they were stopped in Bromley by the Metropolitan Police after a resident called police after having concerns about a suspicious vehicle parked in their road.
That vehicle was the same as the one seen by the homeowner who challenged them earlier that day, which was confirmed as the witness gave the same registration number as it was displaying when they were stopped by Met Police, albeit slightly obscured by a false plate.
The stolen property from the Woldingham address and a further false registration plate was found inside the car.
Investigating officer Police Constable Ed Bush said:
“We are taking a hard line against burglars and are proactively targeting offenders who are travelling in and out of the county.
“We know that burglary is a concern for many residents but I hope this result, among many others, demonstrates that we are dedicated to bringing people to justice.
“This case shows just how important the public can be in preventing and detecting crime. The suspicions raised by the member of the public in Bromley led to the arrest of the three suspects and in turn meant the victims had all their property returned. If you see suspicious activity in your area please call it in at the moment you see it.
“There are also plenty of preventative measures residents can take to safeguard from a burglar, or deterrents that can be put in place.
“We recommend registering valuables on Immobilise.com which means items can be reunited with you if stolen and recovered, while using a forensic marker fluid such as SelectaDNA can act as a deterrent.
“For Surrey residents, a discount of 50% with free P&P is available on SelectaDNA Home kits. Just visit www.selectadna.co.uk and use the discount code ‘DNASURREY50’ to order a kit for just £29.75.”
More burglary prevention advice is available at www.surrey.police.uk/burglary
The three below pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary and were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (September 28).
Joanne Eldridge, 32, of Shardloes Road in Lewisham – 38 months in prison.
Nigel Spicer, 29, of Crystal Palace Park Road in Crystal Palace – 52 months in prison.
Eldridge and Spicer both pleaded guilty on September 20.
Stephen White, 34, of Chelsfield Lane in Bromley – pleaded guilty on June 7 and was sentenced to 44 months in prison.