Burglars who stole £150,000 worth of phones, cash and jewellery from homes in Swanley, Sevenoaks and Bromley are jailed
PUBLISHED: 16:32 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 17 May 2017
Both were sentenced on Monday
Two burglars who spent the winter raiding homes for cash, jewellery and phones have been jailed this week.
Garry Ponder, 47, no fixed address and 25-year-old Thomas Webber, formerly from Coventry, went on a burlgary spree lasting from November 2016 to January this year.
The first of the burglaries came on November 17, when a plant pot was used to smash a property in Crockenhil, the homeowners returned to discover their pillow cases had been used to remove stolen items including jewellery.
Four days later, the patio doors of a home in New Barn Road, Swanley were smashed with a parasol base, and the burglars made off with cosmetics and jewellery.
The duo went on to burgle homes in Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Ightham, Bromley, Surrey and Walthamstow either together or on their own.
But the pair were finally stopped when police spotted Webber driving a Vauxhall Frontera in London Road, West Kingsdown on January 20.
The car had been identified by police as a suspect vehicle, and when police looked inside, jewellery was discovered on the rear seats, next to a pile of fake licence plates.
A raid of a property nearby revealed an array of stolen property hidden in drawers and inside a suitcase.
Other stolen items were found lying on top of tables.
Webber was arrested and on January 28 police arrested Ponder.
Ponder pleaded guilty to seven charges of burglary and was sentenced on Monday, May 15, to five years and three months imprisonment.
Webber admitted six burglary charges and a charge of theft and was sentenced to four years and six months prison at Maidstone Crown Court.
“Ponder and Webber targeted homes often located in isolated areas, stealing possessions worth in excess of £150,000,” said det const Andy Julier.
“Whilst we have thankfully been able to return a number of these items to their rightful owners, sadly much of what they stole is still missing
“‘Their crimes have caused a huge amount of anguish and distress to victims and we are working hard to ensure justice does not end with these prison sentences. Both men will be now be subject to investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act and this will be used to try and claw back any benefits they may have gained from their criminal activities.”