Burglary gang jailed for 29 years for roles in 34 home and business burglaries
PUBLISHED: 12:44 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 28 April 2017
In eight months, the gang targeted more than 30 properties
Two Bromley burglars are among a gang of five who have been jailed for stealing top-of-the-range cars and using them to burgle shops.
Altogether, the gang has been jailed for a total of 29 years after carrying out 34 burglaries between March and November last year.
Ashley Davey, 27 and Kenny Davey, 25, both of Homesdale Road, were jailed for their roles in the raids on Thursday, April 27.
The group carried out a number of household burglaries across London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent, creeping into homes, stealing car keys and making off with high-priced cars which included BMWs, Audis and Mercedes.
Police put the value of 14 vehicles stolen by the gang at £189,000.
The cars’ registration plates were swapped with false ones to dodge police detection, and the vehicles used in burglaries at petrol stations and newsagents.
Arriving at their targets wearing masks and armed with crowbars, masonry and fire extinguishers, the gang would smash through glass doors, rip off metal shutters and steal cigarettes and cash from inside.
In the wake of the spree, officers set up Operation Einsteinium in May 2016, and managed to track down all five men using CCTV and mobile phone analysis, along with CCTV left at various crime scenes.
All of the gang members were then arrested between October and December.
In court, Ashley Davey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit residential and non-residential burglaries as well as conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles.
He was handed a seven-year prison sentence.
Kenny Davey admitted to aiding and abetting a residential burglary in June last year, he was jailed for 12 months.
Of the remaining trio, 20-year-old Luke Ballard and Ricky Parratt, 24, both from New Addington, admitted the same charge as Ashley, and were jailed for five and a half years.
Anthony Patton of no fixed abode was jailed for 10 years under the same charge, as well as a robbery in which the 24-year-old left a victim with a disclocated shoulder after ripping a Rolex Watch from his wrist.
Det const Rebecca Dyer from the London Crime Squad, said: “These men have caused considerable distress to their victims, both homeowners and business owners alike, whose lives have been severely impacted by mindless damage and theft of property.
“I hope these sentences reflect the upset caused to these victims and that the jailing of the members of this criminal network demonstrates how the Met will continue to target burglars and bring offenders to justice.”