09:20AM, Thursday 02 January 2014
A gang of burglars responsible for more than 20 break-ins across Maidenhead, Slough and London have been jailed.
The thieves used stolen vehicles with false licence plates to target homes in daylight and early evening raids. Jewellery – mainly Asian gold – was the target.
During March the raiders struck at a string of addresses including Norfolk Drive, Castle Drive and St Luke’s Road in Maidenhead. They also targeted Stratford Drive in Wooburn Green twice.
Clothes, cash, games consoles, car keys and jewellery were taken.
Four men, jointly charged with conspiracy to burgle, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday, December 20.
Francis McCarthy, 37, of Oxford Road, Gerrards Cross, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting two burglaries and being convicted of conspiracy to burgle.
A 17-year-old from Hayes in Middlesex admitted burgling the same two properties as McCarthy and given a one-year community order.
John Maughan, 38, of Balmoral Drive, Hayes, Middlesex, admitted conspiracy to burgle and was given a four-year prison sentence.
Martin Maughan, 26, of Oxford Road, Gerrards Cross, was sentenced to five years and seven months’ imprisonment after he also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.
DC Christian Parker, officer involved in heading up the operation, said: “I am pleased with the sentences handed to these four individuals which illustrates the severity of their criminality. All four will be on licence when released.
“The majority of incidents involved the theft of high-value property which undoubtedly caused a great degree of economic and sentimental loss to the victims involved, let alone the emotions they had to endure knowing that their homes had been ransacked.
“These men thought they were above the law.”
Properties targeted by the gang between March 9 and April 12 included an address at George Green, Elmwood Road in Slough, Stokesay in Slough, Norfolk Road and St Lukes Road both in Maidenhead.
Other properties burgled included in Castle Drive in Maidenhead, Tuns Lane in Slough, Hazlemere Road in Slough, Mirador Crescent in Slough and Stoke Poges Lane in Slough.
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