Two sentenced for 25 burglaries across East Surrey and Kent
Two men have been sentenced to almost 8 years in jail today (17 August) for 25 different burglaries across Surrey and Kent.
Rhys Colley, 26 from Sandringham Road, Bromley, Kent and Peter Martin, 24 from Delamere Crescent, Croydon broke into houses in the Tandridge area between September and December 2015.
The men broke into sheds and used tools belonging to the victims’ to pry open doors and windows of their house, before conducting untidy searches for valuables and stealing jewellery, electronic items and motor vehicles.
On 7 December 2015, police pursued a VW Tiguan in response to two burglaries at two separate residences in Kent. Colley was arrested after running from the vehicle. The VW had been stolen from a residence in Oxted. Colleys’ mobile phone later identified Peter Martin as his accomplice.
On 22 July 2016, Colley pleaded guilty to all counts of burglary and was subject to electronic tag while awaiting sentence pending the trial of Martin.
After months of investigation, on Tuesday, 14 August 2017 Martin pleaded guilty to the Surrey matters of the conspiracy and has been remanded in custody until sentencing today.
At Guildford Crown Court earlier today (18 August), Rhys Colley was sentenced to 3 year and 4 months for 30 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. Peter Martin was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months for 16 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Detective Constable Simon Evans said:
"We are happy both Colley and Martin admitted to their crimes and will be spending time behind bars.
"This case demonstrates the importance of pleading guilty early, where the justice system has granted Colley receives less time in prison for pleading guilty to his crimes last year. While we are pleased that Martin finally admitted to these high value burglaries, his longer sentence reflects the exhaustive amount of time and effort we have put into this investigation."