Three men sent down for 52 commercial burglaries
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The trio responsible for a series of commercial burglaries across a number of counties have been sent to jail for a combined total of more than 18 years.
Otis William Barrett, 26, previously of Banbury Close, Northampton, Matthew Lawrence Brown, 30, previously of Crow Lane, Northampton, and Terrance Mark Brown, 25, previously of Glebeland Road, Northampton, all pleaded guilty to the 52 offences which happened between January 2020 and May 2020.
The offences happened across several counties including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire, and involved the three men forcing their way into well-known stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-Op and Morrisons, as well as smaller shops including independent newsagents, and stealing thousands of pounds worth of items from them. On some occasions, the trio would attack several stores in one night, over several counties.
The organised crime group stole nearly £300,000 worth of cigarettes and caused more than £115,000 of damage forcing their way into the stores.
To gain entry to each premises, they forced their way in using power tools and crow bars, wearing balaclavas and gloves to hide their identities. Stolen cars and numerous stolen number plates were also used in order to evade police detection.
On one occasion they targeted the clothing store - Thackerays, in Northampton, twice in one week, stealing thousands of pounds worth of designer clothing each time.
Their offending carried on throughout lockdown and finally, on May 1, 2020, they were caught by police after burgling Tesco Express in Coppice Drive, Northampton.
All three men pleaded guilty to the offences at Northampton Crown Court last week with Otis Barrett handed a jail term of six years and four months and Brown and Brown handed six years each.
On sentencing, Judge Herbert stated they were “determined, professional and a serious calibre of criminal.”
Lead Investigator, DC Emma Howe, said: “This commercial burglary series was undertaken by very organised, professional criminals, who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods from commercial premises across the region.
“The Serious and Organised Crime Team have been working relentlessly in order to bring this group of criminals to justice and I’m really pleased that they have now been convicted of their crimes and sent to jail.
“This was a very long and difficult investigation that I am pleased has concluded with the right result. Countless commercial burglaries have been prevented as a result and I’m glad there has been justice for the victims of these 52 crimes who have had to pay the price for this trio’s destructive behaviour.”