British brothers jailed for raiding more than 60 homes across 15 counties
Patrick Joseph Connors and Miles Luke Connors, who were responsible for more than 60 offences across the country, have been jailed for six years combined.
On June 8, 2018, Patrick Joseph, 23, of Goldcrest Court in Northampton and Miles Luke, 18, of Celeborn Place in Northampton, were sentenced to four years and two years respectively at Guildford Crown Court.
The Connors brothers forced their way into homes by smashing down doors or using tools, as reported by Birmingham Live.
They struck at properties in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the South East.
Patrick Joseph and Miles Luke were finally arrested in February this year after policemen checked a car on false plates driving on the motorway.
Both of them pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Of the 61 offences, 21 took place in Surrey.
They were identified as suspects through CCTV and DNA left at the scenes. The authorities then linked them to other burglaries.
Though the brothers tried to hide stolen vehicles with false registration plates, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras showed evidence of their actions between Northampton and the other counties.
Detective Sergeant Lee Hazell, said: "This was a complex investigation covering multiple police forces and counties. Successful partnerships with several other forces was key to bringing these offenders to justice.
"The Connors brothers were callous and opportunist, brazenly smashing doors or using tools to enter properties and using stolen vehicles with false registration plates to commit these crimes.
"We don’t underestimate the impact of a burglary on the victims, it is enormously emotionally upsetting and many of the Connors’ victims were left feeling unsafe in their own homes.
"Often the emotional damage can far outlast the time it takes to replace stolen items and repair damaged property.
"We’re pleased that two prolific offenders are now off the streets and facing justice, and hope that the sentences act as a deterrent to others.”
In a statement, Surrey Police said: "Officers worked with colleagues across a number of Forces to crack the case with the pair being arrested in February this year by Bedfordshire Police when they stopped a Vauxhall Insignia on false plates on the M1.
"Inside were the brothers who were arrested and later charged with conspiracy to burgle between July 2017 and February 2018.
"Since then they have been remanded in custody and pleaded guilty in May. Of the 61 offences, 21 took place across Surrey, including the theft of jewelry and several high-performance cars including several Audis and BMWs."
Patrick Joseph and Miles Luke got a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).
The SCPO will come into effect when they are released.
If the Connors brothers will fail to meet any of the conditions, they could face up to five years in prison.
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