Two sentenced after string of southern county burglaries
Officers are reminding residents to ensure doors and windows are secured and valuables are kept out of sight and registered after two prolific burglars were sentenced in court yesterday (9 October).
In early June, intelligence concerning a dark-coloured Audi A3 had been circulated between southern police forces as it was believed to have been involved in a string of burglaries across the region, including several offences in Surrey.
On 7 June, officers received a call reporting a burglary at an address in Collingswood Crescent, Guildford. While travelling to the address of the burglary, officers identified a vehicle matching the Audi’s description and a pursuit ensued, before the vehicle left the road and crashed on Smarts Heath Road in Woking.
Daniel Carthy (pictured left), 24, of Green Lane in Redhill and James O’Reilly (pictured right), 35, of no fixed address were arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiracy to commit residential burglary.
Items found in the vehicle were linked to two burglaries in Surrey. Enquiries were made with neighbouring forces in Thames Valley and Hampshire, and as a result the men were charged with a conspiracy to commit residential burglary, comprising of offences in West Surrey, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire between 8 April and 7 June 2018.
Appearing at a plea hearing on Thursday, 12 July 2018, the two plead not guilty to the charges and were remanded awaiting trial.
On Monday, 8 October they appeared at Guildford Crown Court where O’Reilly pled guilty to 3 counts of burglary and Carthy to 8 counts of burglary. As a result of those guilty pleas the charge of conspiracy to burgle was allowed to lie on file.
Both men were sentenced by Judge Fraser on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 with O’Reilly sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and Carthy sentenced to a total of 8 years imprisonment.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Pete Osborn of Surrey Police CID, said:
“Daniel Carthy and James O’Reilly put the lives of officers and members of the public at risk while attempting to flee from police. We hope the sentencing today brings reassurance to those burgled by Carthy and O’Reilly, and that their sentences act as a deterrent to others.
“In court, the pair claimed they were remorseful in order to try to mitigate the sentences but fortunately, the judge saw through their claims. The judge deemed one Surrey offence so serious that he gave a five year sentence for that occurrence alone, as it involved the pair locking a woman and a young child in the kitchen while they ransacked the property, leaving them extremely shaken.
“The men were initially linked to a number of offences by two vehicles; a black Audi S4 and a dark green Audi A3, which were displaying false registration plates. Number plate recognition cameras were instrumental in providing evidence of the vehicles’ movements between Buckinghamshire and Surrey, and by tracking the false registration plates and obtaining CCTV from a variety of locations we were able to link Carthy and O’Reilly to the offences.”
Follow our guidance below to help protect your home and belongings from burglars:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox) if possible keep them in a metal container
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a correctly installed safe
- Install an intruder alarm - If it is to be monitored, ensure it is NSI or SIA registered
- Install dusk to dawn outside lighting around your property
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property if you are out for long periods or away on holiday
- Leave lights and a radio/TV on in your house or on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Make it hard for thieves to hide by keeping foliage and bushes trimmed and neat around the edges of your property
- Mark your property with a forensic marking product such as SelectaDNA and register your property with Immobilise
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
To help make our county a no-go area for burglars, we have become a SelectaDNA force. SelectaDNA is a forensic marking product that acts as a deterrent to burglars.
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.
For more advice on keeping your home safe and secure, visit our website: www.surrey.police.uk/burglary