Burglars plead guilty after BMWs, a lorry and more stolen in overnight raid

PUBLISHED: 10:35 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:35 08 December 2016



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Harry Cochrane and James Draper pleaded guilty to burglary offences

Burglars who managed to steal a lorry and two BMWs in one night will be sentenced next month.

Harry Cochrane and James Draper forced their way into a property off the A20 on June 27.

Once inside, the duo stole power tools and an Iveco commercial lorry.

Not satisfied with their loot, Cochrane, formerly of Leydenhatch Lane in Swanley, and Draper of Magpie Hall Close, Bromley, entered a neighbouring home.

Upon entry, they snatched mobile phones and found car keys to two BMWs.

The next morning, staff discovered their ransacked building and alerted the victim next door.

He discovered that as well as his high-priced cars, the duo had stolen bicycles and power tools from his sheds and garage.

Detectives found the stolen lorry and short distance away, and the following day, the stolen BMWs were found in a workshop in Hertfordshire with their registration plates removed.

CCTV identified 20-year-old Cochrane and Draper, 36, which led to their arrest.

When he was detained, police found one of the stolen mobile phones on Cochrane.

On Tuesday, Cochrane pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and admitted burgling a Swanley home days before Christmas last year.

Draper pleaded guilty to two burglary offences.

Both men have been remanded in custody until sentencing, which will take place in Maidstone Crown Court during the week commencing January 23.

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