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Burglary trio caught in Bromley jailed for more than 11 years collectively

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 October 2018

Joanne Eldridge, Nigel Spicer and Stephen White were jailed on September 28. Picture: Surrey Police

Joanne Eldridge, Nigel Spicer and Stephen White were jailed on September 28. Picture: Surrey Police

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Three burglars have been jailed for more than 11 years between them after being stopped by police in Bromley in possession of stolen items.

Jewellery, electrical items, designer accessories and cash were stolen from a home in Surrey on Thursday May 3.

The burglars also stopped off at another property in the same area but were disturbed by the homeowner and said they were lost.

That evening they were stopped in Bromley when 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.

The stolen property from the Surrey address and a further false registration plate was found inside the car.

Investigating officer PC Ed Bush, of Surrey Police, 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.”

The three 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 has been sentenced 38 months while Nigel Spicer, 29, of Crystal Palace Park Road in Crystal Palace has been sentenced to 52 months.

The two 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.

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