Man, 28, and teenage accomplice sentenced for 18 daylight burglaries including Haddenham, Chatteris, Willingham, Newmarket and St Ives
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Burglary victims included those from Haddenham, Chatteris, Willingham and Newmarket, a court was told.
In a month-long spree, a 29-year-old man and his accomplice, a 15-year-old boy, burgled 18 homes across the area.
Detective Constable Lisa Bacon said: “This pair operated in broad daylight and were brazen in the way they carried out these crimes.
“Thanks to CCTV, footprints and items of clothing left at the scene, witnesses and phone data we were able to link them to the incidents.
Luke Wall of no fixed address and the teenager from Essex, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on October 2.
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Wall, 28, was jailed for four years and 105 days and the teenager was handed an 18-month youth rehabilitation order following incidents in January.
Between January 7 and 27 this year, the pair admitted conspiring to commit burglaries across the county including the Fens, east Cambs and Suffolk.
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Other burglaries took place in Longstanton, Ramsey, Girton, Kimbolton, Stapleford and St Ives, as well as Long Melford.
The court heard how they forced their way into homes and once inside, ransacked the premises looking for jewellery, cash, computers, tablets, and car keys.
DC Bacon: “Burglary can have a devastating impact on victims, which is why tackling it remains one of our top priorities.”
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: “Tackling burglary is one of our main priorities because we understand it can happen to anyone and often leaves a long-lasting impact on victims.
“A secure home will reduce the chance of you getting burgled. But, if you get home and notice signs of a break-in, you can report a burglary to us online or by calling 101.
“If you believe the intruder is still inside your home, you should call 999.
“Homes without basic security features are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with security.
“We are committed to reducing burglary in Cambridgeshire.
“Euro-cylinder locks are likely to be fitted to most external doors in your house or flat and some offenders have developed a way of overcoming them to then gain access.
“There are ways that you can reduce the burglary opportunity.”
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