BREAKING NEWS: Prolific gang of car key burglars from Rugby sentenced

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THREE men from Rugby have been sentenced to a total of six years and five months after being found guilty of committing a series of car key burglaries.

At Coventry Crown Court today (Thursday) Jason Wright, 27, of Carlton Road, Rugby, was sentenced to three years and four months for conspiracy to commit car key burglary offences.

Eighteen year old Reece Hogben and nineteen year old Lewis Angell both of Deepmore Road, Rugby were also sentenced to two years and four months and nine months respectively.

DC Gary Hammond said: “Warwickshire Police’s burglary team has been working to disrupt the activities of anyone suspected of committing burglary in the county. Following a rise in car key burglary offences where the perpetrators would break in to a house in order to steal the keys to the vehicles parked on the driveway the Operation Crunch team launched an extensive and complicated police investigation. This led to the identification of Wright, Hogben, and Angel, as an Organised Crime Group linked to a series of burglaries within Warwickshire and Leicestershire.

The burglaries occurred in MacBeth Close in Rugby, Falstaff Drive in Rugby, Rounds Hill in Kenilworth, Shelley Avenue in Warwick, Stratford Road in Lighthorne Heath, Leamington Spa and Harecroft Crescent in Sapcote, Leicestershire.

Officers discovered that there was a high degree of planning in these offences and that approximately £58,000 worth of property had been stolen.

On a number of occasions the offenders entered houses whilst the occupants were asleep and were disturbed by the intruders in their home.

During the investigation the police executed a number of search warrants in an effort to make further arrests and recovered some outstanding stolen property.

DC Hammond said: “We are delighted at this result. Many people were affected by the prolific offending behaviour of these individuals and we feel these lengthy sentences rightly reflect the severity of the offences and the vulnerable nature of many of the victims.

“These sentences reflect the continued hard work by the burglary and the safer neighbourhood teams within those communities and Warwickshire Police’s commitment in protecting people from harm.

“We will continue to work to disrupt the activities of anyone we believe may be committing crime in Warwickshire and urge the public to call us with any information they may have that could help us reduce crime where they live. Please call 101 - the new emergency number - or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If a crime is in progress, dial 999.”