Prison sentences for Norwich burglaries gang welcomed
PUBLISHED: 06:44 16 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:41 17 December 2015
Prison sentences given to a gang responsible for a "professional conspiracy" to commit burglaries across Norwich have today been welcomed.
Kallan Martin, 24, Bradley Saffer, 22, Levi Harcourt, 19, and Joshua Fox, also 19, were involved in a series of burglaries in and around Norwich over the course of a few days last December and January.
The four were locked up for a total of 16 years and four months at Norwich Crown Court last week.
Afterwards Detective Constable Craig Leeder from Bethel Street CID in Norwich said: “The sentences passed by the court reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed by these individuals.
“This group were organised and targeted high value properties both during daylight and hours of darkness, causing considerable loss to many victims whose property was never recovered.”
The court heard a Jaguar XJ8, a VW Golf, a home cinema projector, jewellery, computers, iPads, iPhones, watches, cash, dental equipment and a 32in television were among the items stolen in seven burglaries committed by the gang.
It was described as a “professional conspiracy to commit domestic burglaries at targeted high market value properties across Norwich” between December 18 and January 6.
The gang targeted addresses in Newmarket Road, Norwich, Intwood Road, Cringleford, Ferry Lane, Postwick, Corner Lane, Horsford, Pinewood Close, Hellesdon, Low Road, Hellesdon and Colney Lane, Cringleford – where entry was gained by forcing the dog flap and reaching inside for keys in the back door.
In the burglary at Postwick the victim’s sick partner was upstairs in bed at the time while in another in Cringleford the homeowners returned to find the burglars still inside the property.
Martin, Fox, Harcourt and Saffer appeared to be sentenced on Friday after previously admitting conspiracy to commit domestic burglary.
Describing it as a “serious spree of offending”, Judge Katharine Moore handed down sentences totalling 16 years and four months in custody.
Martin, previously of Bradenham Hall Cottages, Bradenham, was jailed for five years and six months.
Fox, previously of Cadge Road, Norwich, was given three years detention.
Harcourt, previously of Gipsy Close, Norwich, was sentenced to four years and six months detention.
Saffer, previously of Style Loke, Barford, was sentenced to three years imprisonment.