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Burglary duo caught in the act

PUBLISHED: 15:38 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

A PLAN by two burglars to help themselves to valuable equipment from a golf club went disastrously wrong when they were arrested with £80,000 worth of gear in their cars. They were seen loading equipment from Addington Golf Club into their two 4x4s and

A PLAN by two burglars to help themselves to valuable equipment from a golf club went disastrously wrong when they were arrested with £80,000 worth of gear in

their cars.

They were seen loading equipment from Addington Golf Club into their two 4x4s and the police were called.

Jason Chamberlain, 30, of Main Road, Biggin Hill, and 22 year-old James Streeter, of Salcot Crescent, New Addington, were each jailed for 18 months at Croydon Crown Court last Friday after pleading guilty.

Prosecutor John Clifford said police were called to Featherbed Lane late at night on June 26, when the two Mitshubi vehicles were seen parked.

Mr Clifford said: "A young woman said she had seen the men taking stuff and loading it into the cars and she named them.

"Officers then heard a rustling in the bushes and a police dog found Streeter and he was arrested, and made the comment: 'I've been caught bang to rights.'"

Later, police went to the White Bear pub and were approached by Chamberlain who gave himself up.

Among the property lifted by the men, all of which was recovered, were two industrial mowers and two golf buggies.

Neil Dougall, defending Chamberlain, said that, following a motorcycle accident, he had had money problems and he succumbed to temptation in agreeing to go on the burglary.

Mr Stephen Akinsanya also said that his client, Streeter, had been "desperate for cash".

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