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24 June 2015, 11:44 | Updated: 24 June 2015, 12:03
Two brothers who planned to burgle 60 properties across Essex and the south of England have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
35 year old Warren Linnen (pictured left) and his brother Westley, 38, (pictured right) were arrested by Essex Police in March this year after an appeal to trace them.
The pair, whose last known address was in Beckton, east London, were initially charged with burglary and drugs offences but later charged with conspiracy after all the offences were brought together in to one case.
They targeted pubs across Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Thames Valley, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and London.
Properties in Leigh, Southend, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Westcliff, Harlow, Brentwood, Buckhurst Hill, Chelmsford and Pitsea were all targeted as part of their operation.
Dc Kirsty Swan from Harlow CID led the multi-force prosecution.
She said: "These brothers targeted licenced premises and gained access to private living areas or staff rooms to steal.
"It was only after arresting them having been wanted for burglaries across Essex and Hertfordshire that I began to fully uncover the number of crimes they had committed.
"This case has involved liaising with officers from seven other forces to pull together all our work to make a strong case which meant the Linnen brothers had no choice but to admit their guilt when faced with the weight of the evidence compiled against them.”
They stole cash totalling £19,700 and police estimate around £1,000 worth of other items including safe boxes, handbags and small electrical items.
The court heard how the offences were committed over six weeks while both brothers were on licence having been released from prison just days before their crime spree began.
They've been jailed for 5.5 years each, which will will be served consecutively to the remainder of their previous sentences, which were also for burglary.