Burglars sentenced to over 15-years in prison - Oxfordshire


Three burglars were imprisoned for over 15-years at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, 11 May, after being convicted of conspiracy to burgle.

Luke James Haywood, aged 26, from Amblecote Rise, Tilehurst, was sentenced to six years imprisonment; Ashley Shepherd, aged 24, from Alston Walk, Caversham, was sentenced to five years imprisonment; and James Cox, aged 22, from Hambleberry Court, Tilehurst, was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment.

Haywood pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle last year and Shepherd pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle at the beginning of his trial, which had been listed for 19 March.

Cox pleaded not guilty and went to trial, being found guilty by the jury on 22 March.

A 17-year-old boy from Caversham also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle and was sentenced to a 12-month rehabilitation order, 100 hours of unpaid work, and a curfew with an electronic tag.

Rebecca Stanton, aged 19, from Amblecote Rise, Tilehurst, and Calvin Shepherd, aged 27, from Caversham, both pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods in connection with the conspiracy. Stanton received a conditional discharge for 12-months and Shepherd was ordered to pay £300 costs.

The convictions come as a result of Operation Milligan, which was set up in March 2011 and run by a dedicated team from Didcot CID to tackle a rise in high value domestic burglaries across the Henley area.

Property stolen during these burglaries ranged from electrical items, jewellery, cash, and vamoose offences, where the vehicles have been stolen from the driveway, using car keys stolen from the house. The majority of these vehicles were then recovered in the Reading area.

The overt operation started in March and involved officers from across South Oxfordshire police area carrying out preventative patrols around the areas and giving crime reduction advice.

A covert operation was also run alongside the overt one, and on 31 July 2011, Haywood was arrested after he committed a burglary at a house in Elms Way, Nettlebed, in the early hours of the morning.

As a result of the police investigation, warrants were executed at 10 addresses in the Reading area and five more people were subsequently arrested and charged.

Thames Valley Police and the CPS believe Haywood and the others are responsible for more than 100 offences between 31 December 2010 and 31 July 2011.