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Trio of burglars sentenced after Dartford robbery

PUBLISHED: 09:24 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:27 30 April 2014

Michael Doran was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment.

Michael Doran was sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment.

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Two adults and a teenage boy were sentenced yesterday for carrying out a series of burglaries, including a robbery in Dartford.

Geraldine, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy of burglary and was sentenced to three years in prison.Geraldine, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy of burglary and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Geraldine Ward, 36, of Bromley, Michael Doran, 39, of no fixed abode as well as a 13-year-old boy from Croydon, committed one of their first offences in Wyvem Close, Dartford, on June 7 2013.

The victim, a disabled man in his 60s, answered his front door to the boy, who asked if he could go to the victim’s back garden to retrieve a toy.

After searching the garden with the boy, they then both went into the victim’s house.

The disabled man then went upstairs where he discovered Doran in his bedroom rifling through his belongings.

Both the boy and Doran quickly left the property with items including a Rotary Monza watch and £400.

Ward waited outside and drove all three of them to Kensington where they were to carry out their next offence buttrio were caught on September 3 2013 and sentenced yesterday at Woolwich Crown Court.

The 13-year-old boy was given a 12 month rehabilitation order and a 12 months supervision order to carry out an activity requirement for six months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy of burglary.

Doran and Ward also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, with Ward being sentenced to three years imprisonment and Doran to nine years and six months imprisonment.

Detective Constable Kerry Townley, one of the investigating officers from Lewisham Borough: “This was a very complex investigation and was very much a team effort with Operation Drummer (our proactive burglary unit) working together to bring about this result.

“The sentence handed down today is a good result and whilst it reflects the seriousness of the offences committed we very much hope that the 13-year-old boy is rehabilitated and does not come to our notice again.

“We hope that he does change his life for the better.”

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