Prolific burglar jailed for four years
PUBLISHED: 09:33 24 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:33 24 April 2015
Thief targeted homes in Bromley and Greenwich
A prolific burglar who targeted homes in addresses in Bromley and Greenwich has been jailed for four years.
Mark Robertson, aged 38, of Ravens Way, Blackheath, was jailed for four years at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) after being found guilty of burglary. He pleaded guilty to two further counts of burglary.
Robertson has previously been convicted of 45 previous burglary and theft offences. At the time of his arrest in September 2014 he was still on licence after being released from a four year jail term for eight burglary offences and three vehicle taking offences, which he was sentenced for at Chichester Crown Court on April 13, 2012.
On August 22, 2014, Robertson broke into an address in Palace Road, Bromley, stealing a quantity of cash, ipods, computers and photographic equipment. He also stole an Audi car from outside the address, which was found three days later abandoned in Cambridge Drive, just 300 yards from his address. Robertson was later forensically linked to the vehicle.
During the evening of September 3, Robertson broke into the home of an 89-year-old woman in Manor Way, Blackheath, and stole her handbag containing a quantity of cash and bankcards. At around midnight Robertson was captured on CCTV attempting to use one of the stolen cards at the ATM at the Lee Green post office and then at the ATM at Sainsburys in Lee Green.
Officers identified Robertson from the CCTV images of him using the stolen bank cards at the cashpoint and he was arrested on September 16 after officers went to his home address and found him hiding behind a wardrobe in his bedroom.
Despite being forensically linked to the Audi stolen from Palace Road, Robertson continued to deny the burglary and vehicle taking, but was found guilty by the jury. Robertson also denied committing the burglary in Manor Way despite the CCTV evidence of him using the bank cards stolen in that burglary, before changing his plea in the middle of the trial.
Robertson then pleaded guilty to a burglary in Brookway, Blackheath, on August 29, in which a 55-inch TV was stolen, along with a Samsung Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Note and bank cards.