Car thief jailed for conspiracy to commit burglaries - St Albans

17/03/2014

Car thief Reece Craig-Webb, who was part of a conspiracy to steal vehicles parked outside homes and on driveways, was jailed for three years today, Monday, 17 March 2014.

The 25-year-old Londoner took part in a series of burglaries in the capital as well as Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire and across the Thames Valley area.

At St Albans Crown Court today he pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit burglaries.

Craig-Webb had taken part in nine burglaries in which seven cars were taken after he and his accomplices found the car keys.  Jewellery and electrical equipment was also taken by the three man gang, said Neil Kings prosecuting.

All the break-ins had taken place during June and July of last year.  In June of last year Craig-Webb from Rolls Park Road in Chingford took part in two burglaries in London in which two VW Golfs were taken.  The following month the gang took a silver Mercedes from outside a house in Dorchester in Dorset.

On 04 July last year Craig-Webb and his accomplices took a silver BMW and a white Ford Transit from outside a house in Gerrards Cross, Bucks.  An Audi A3 was taken from outside another property in Chalfont St Peter.

The prosecutor said it led to a police chase after police spotted the two stolen cars heading along the M40 towards London.  Speeds of up to 130 miles per hour were reached and in the end officers took the decision to back off because the situation was becoming too dangerous.

Two burglaries in Bishop's Stortford then took place during July followed by another break-in in Sawbridgeworth.  Eventually police were able to arrest the three, said Mr King.

In court today Judge Andrew Bright QC was told Craig-Webb now wanted to move from London to Royston to be with his father and away from his "criminal connections," which had led him into trouble.

Passing sentence the judge told Craig-Webb: "This was a well executed campaign to burgle, often targeting expensive properties."

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