Lengthy sentences for gang who carried out high value burglaries across Berkshire

David Lee

David Lee

Reports of violent crime to Thames Valley Police increased by 30 per cent in last year

A gang of men who stole cars, laptops and jewellery worth thousands of pounds in a spate of burglaries across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire will spend a total of 20 years behind bars.

Left to right: Kevin Bodman, Kevin Johnson, Delroy Hughes and Dale Lally have been jailed for their part in a spate of high value burglaries

The group of four men mainly targeted unoccupied homes in Maidenhead, Windsor, Marlow, Flackwell Heath, Slough and Bracknell during a three-month crime spree between November, 13 and February, 10 this year.

They all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, April 19.

The conspiracy charge included 18 burglaries across Berkshire.

Kevin Bodman, 35, of no fixed address, 44-year-old Kevin Johnson, from The Fairway, Burnham, 36-year-old Delroy Hughes, of no fixed address and Dale Lally, 32, from Wavell Gardens, Slough, were sentenced at the same court on Friday, May 20.

Bodman faces six years and eight months in jail after he admitted nine burglaries and asked for a further six to be taken into consideration.

He also pleaded guilty to other offences including theft of petrol, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, criminal damage, theft from motor vehicle, fraud and handling stolen goods.

Johnson was jailed for five years and four months after he admitted 12 burglaries while Hughes was five years and four months after he admitted carrying out six burglaries.

Lally was sentenced to two years and eight months for two burglaries and asked for a further two offences, fraud and handling, to be taken into account.

Investigating officer Det Con John Cruse, of Local CID Bracknell, said: “The four defendants operated as a well organised group targeting large, mostly unoccupied properties, stealing expensive jewellery, designer clothing and watches worth thousands of pounds.

“On two occasions, the offenders were disturbed by the occupants which was a terrifying experience for these victims and has had a lasting effect on them.

“There were several aggravating elements to their offending, namely the level of planning involved, the fact they operated as a group and the high value of the items taken.

“I hope this helps bring some closure to the victims, many of whom have lost sentimental items that can never be replaced.”

The conspiracy charge includes the following burglaries:

November 13, 2015, 7-8pm: Gypsy Lane, Marlow – laptop, mobile phone, tablet, iPad, handbag stolen

December 11, 2015, 7.45am-8.42pm: Branksome Hill Road, Sandhurst, Berkshire – Mercedes SL 55, four laptops, X box and game, three car keys and cash stolen

December 11, 2015, 5.50-7.30pm: College Road, Sandhurst – diamond ring, laptop, iPad and car key stolen

December 28-31, 2015: Greystock Road, Bracknell – Rolex watch, gold and diamond jewellery, Bose speaker, Chanel handbag, Ugg boots and car key stolen

December 30-31, 2015: Kingfisher Chase, Bracknell – laptop, handbag, diamond necklace and car key stolen

January 1, 2016, 6.55pm: Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges – cash, jewellery and Porsche vehicle stolen

January 3-4, 2016: Doddsfield Road, Slough – laptop, two mobile phones, gold ring and credit cards stolen

January 9, 2016: Waxwing Park, Bracknell – laptop, jewellery and BMW stolen

January 10, 2016, 4-8pm: Holyport Road, Maidenhead – TV, keys for Aston Martin vehicle, watches, wallet and passport stolen

January 11, 2016: Greenlands, Flackwell Heath – watches, cash, iPhone and dagger stolen

January 15, 2016, 7.45am-7.30pm: Oaktree Road, Marlow – jewellery and bags stolen

January 22, 2016 8am-10pm: Stanhope Road, Slough – tools, tablet, watches and Vauxhall Antara vehicle stolen

January 30, 2015, 4.50-23.10pm: Blumfield Crescent, Slough – Vauxhall Corsa, jewellery, safe containing three cameras, watch, documents and cards stolen

January 31-February 6, 2016: Provost Lea, Bracknell – tablet and money bank stolen

January 31-February 7, 2016: Church Road, Windsor – laptop, Ford Kuga car, jewellery and watch stolen

January 8-February 6, 2016: Jaguar Lane, Bracknell – laptop and mountain bike stolen

February 4, 2016, 8.50pm: Farmers Way, Maidenhead – handbag stolen

February 6, 2016: Jaguar Lane, Bracknell – Nothing stolen

The six offences which Bodman asked to be taken into consideration include: burglary in Guillemot Street, Bracknell, on October 22, 2015; burglary in Hollybush, Stoke Poges, between January 25-26, 2016; attempted burglary in Plough Lane, Stoke Poges, on January 23, 2016; burglary in Hastings Meadow, Stoke Poges, between January 23-24, 2016; burglary in Wordsworth Road, Slough, on February 2,  2016; and burglary in St Peters Close, Burnham, on February 3 this year.

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