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2 June 2015, 07:51
Two men and a woman have been jailed for 14 years for a string of Milton Keynes burglaries.
Carl Torano, aged 31, of Downdean, Eaglestone, Donovan Shippey, aged 36, of Shaw Road, Blakenhall, and Elizabeth Barker, aged 29, of Northridge, Eaglestone, were each found guilty of conspiracy to burgle by a unanimous jury following a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court.
The defendants were charged with conspiracy to burgle a total of 22 properties in Milton Keynes between 4 October 2012 and 13 February 2013.
There were nine burglaries in Middleton; five in Walnut Tree; two in Monkston; two in Kents Hill and one offence in each of the estates of Springfield, Milton Keynes Village, Shenley Lodge and Emerson Valley.
Torano and Shippey were sentenced on 30 April to six years’ imprisonment and four and a half years’ imprisonment, respectively.
Meanwhile, Barker was sentenced on Tuesday (26/5) to three and a half years’ imprisonment.
Investigating officer, Det Con Matthew Bly of Local CID based at Aylesbury police station, said: “The total value of items stolen was in excess of £50,000, including damage made to properties when breaking in. During some of the offences the offenders turned the properties upside down while looking for items to steal.
“The offenders, led by Torano, targeted family homes in the area and stole easily disposable property, including electrical items, jewellery and cash.
“The offences were carried out mainly during the daytime when the owners were out, although one victim woke to find a torch being shone in his face by an intruder – a truly terrifying experience for the victim.
“The offences were linked to the defendants through mobile phone calls and text messages. We also stopped a vehicle belonging to one of the offenders, which contained property from two of the burgled houses.
“There was limited forensic evidence, such was the planning involved, and these burglaries were clearly well orchestrated, especially those where substantial property was stolen as a vehicle would have been required to transport the proceeds.
“Only painstaking analysis of the evidence and input from a large number of police officers and staff allowed the investigation to be driven forward and charges brought against the defendants.
“These criminals had no regard for their victims and maintained not guilty pleas at court. The judge was provided with the victim personal statements completed by the victims prior to his sentencing and commented in court on the impact these offences clearly had on them. It’s no surprise such strong sentences were handed out.”