Bromley couple jailed for burglaries across London, Kent and Surrey using the help of boy, 13
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2014
A couple have been jailed for a series of burglaries where they would often distract their victims with the help of a 13-year-old boy.
Michael Doran, 39, of no fixed abode, and Geraldine Ward, 36, of Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, were both sentenced on April 15 at Woolwich Crown Court after they pleaded guilty to crimes committed across London, Kent and Surrey.
Doran was imprisoned to nine years and six months, while Ward was imprisoned for three years.
The 13-year-old, who was part of the couple’s burglary operation, would distract residents whilst Doran would search address to steal money, jewellery and bank cards from their victims.
The boy pleaded guilty with the couple on February 28 and will be sentenced on April 29.
Ward provided the transport for the trio, driving to various locations across the south-east of England.
The trio were arrested in September last year, and later charged with conspiracy to commit burglary after they were identified by victims.
Detective Constable Kevin Seed, investigating officer, said: “These burglaries were pre-planned and this pair targeted mainly elderly residents, many with serious health and mobility issues.
“Doran and Ward ruthlessly selected their victims and the use of a young boy to commit these offences shows how they took advantage of their victim’s kindness and good nature.”