Brothers put behind bars for 61 burglary offences
Patrick Joseph Connors (left) and Miles Luke Connors
Two burglars who were responsible for more than 60 offences across the country have been jailed following a Surrey Police investigation.
Patrick Joseph Connors, 23, of Goldcrest Court in Northampton and Miles Luke Connors, 18, of Celeborn Place in Northampton, were sentenced to four years and two years respectively at Guildford Crown Court today (8 June) for their involvement in a series of burglaries across the south of England and the Midlands, spanning 15 counties.
Officers worked with colleagues across a number of Forces to crack the case with the pair being arrested in February this year by Bedfordshire Police when they stopped a Vauxhall Insignia on false plates on the M1.
Inside were the brothers who were arrested and later charged with conspiracy to burgle between July 2017 and February 2018. Since then they have been remanded in custody and pleaded guilty in May.
Of the 61 offences, 21 took place across Surrey, including the theft of jewellery and several high-performance cars including several Audis and BMWs.
The remaining offences were committed in Sussex, Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Essex, Northamptonshire, London, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
In several cases, the brothers attempted to destroy forensics by spraying cleaning fluids and using bleach in an attempt to remove traces of evidence.
The brothers were identified as suspects through CCTV and DNA left at the scenes, allowing officers to link them to other burglaries.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras provided evidence as to their movements between Northampton and the other counties, despite their attempts to disguise stolen vehicles with false registration plates. Property found in abandoned stolen vehicles was linked to other occurrences across the south of England.
Detective Sergeant Lee Hazell, said:
“This was a complex investigation covering multiple police forces and counties. Successful partnerships with several other forces was key to bringing these offenders to justice.
“The Connors brothers were callous and opportunist, brazenly smashing doors or using tools to enter properties and using stolen vehicles with false registration plates to commit these crimes.
“We don’t underestimate the impact of a burglary on the victims, it is enormously emotionally upsetting and many of the Connors’ victims were left feeling unsafe in their own homes. Often the emotional damage can far outlast the time it takes to replace stolen items and repair damaged property.
“We’re pleased that two prolific offenders are now off the streets and facing justice, and hope that the sentences act as a deterrent to others.”
The Connors brothers have also received a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO), following an application made by detectives.
The SCPO comes into effect upon their release from prison and is in place for 5 years and contributes to keeping Surrey safer by limiting offenders’ abilities to commit further crimes.
Both Connors brothers will only have access to the following:
- One mobile phone and one SIM card (one phone number) registered with Surrey Police
- One computer device (this includes tablets, laptops and internet-enabled televisions)
- Restricted in the number of cars they are able to drive or be a passenger in
- Notify Surrey Police of any changes of address.
If they break the conditions of the order, they could face up to five years in prison.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “I know that burglary has been causing recent concern for the residents of Surrey so I am delighted to see two such prolific offenders now behind bars.
“The Force have been working hard to target and disrupt organised gangs committing these offences in the county and I hope today’s case sends a direct warning to burglars to think twice about coming to Surrey to commit offences.”
There are a number of ways to guard against burglary as shown below.
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox) if possible keep them in a metal container
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a correctly installed safe
- Install an intruder alarm - If it is to be monitored, ensure it is NSI or SIA registered
- Install dusk to dawn outside lighting around your property
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property if you are out for long periods or away on holiday
- Leave lights and a radio/TV on in your house or on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition and ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Make it hard for thieves to hide by keeping foliage and bushes trimmed and neat around the edges of your property
- Mark your property with a forensic marking product and register your property withImmobilise
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
For more advice on keeping your home safe and secure, visit our website: www.surrey.police.uk/burglary