Jewellery thieves caged after stealing goods worth thousands

PUBLISHED: 14:25 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:25 26 November 2014


Specifically targeted the Asian community to steal Asian gold

Two burglars who stole jewellery worth thousands of pounds from homes in Medway and Gravesend have been jailed.

Simon O’Driscoll, 30,from Kingswinford in the West Midlands, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment, and a 16 year old boy from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will serve one year.

They were both sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on November 25 having pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of handling stolen goods.

A significant quantity of jewellery and cash was stolen in the first burglary, in Lennox Road, Gravesend, at about 11.50am on September 16.

Witnesses reported seeing a blue Ford Focus leaving the scene, which was spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras travelling towards Medway.

The second burglary occurred a short time later in Cliffe Road, Rochester, where again a large quantity of jewellery was stolen.

At 3.21pm the suspects’ vehicle was spotted by ANPR cameras in the Dartford area.

Police officers pursued the car, which did not stop and at one point did a hand brake turn on the M25 before leaving the motorway via a service road.

The vehicle was eventually stopped at a shopping centre in Romford, Essex, where both O’Driscoll and the teenager were arrested.

It was later discovered that the car they were travelling in – which contained a number of items of jewellery missing from the homes in Rochester and Gravesend – had been stolen following a burglary in Clwyd, Wales, on August 9.

Detective Constable Rob Hemsley said: “These were serious and organised crimes committed by two individuals who had travelled far from their home addresses.

“They specifically targeted the Asian community in an attempt to steal Asian gold, and their crimes have had a significant impact on the people whose homes they burgled.

“I am pleased they are now behind bars and unable to cause any more harm to the people of Kent.”

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