Two men jailed for committing 53 burglaries across England


Two burglars have today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to over 13 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

Between 15 October and 2 December 2016, Matthew Sadler, 41, and Richard Palmer, 39, targeted pubs and commercial premises in the West Midlands, West Mercia, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Thames Valley and Leicestershire areas. In total, Sadler and Palmer committed 53 burglaries which netted them approximately £32,000.  A number of the premises targeted were burgled on more than one occasion.

On 2 December 2016, three pubs were burgled and the defendants were seen on a stolen motorcycle in the vicinity of the targeted premises. Following a police pursuit in the Erdington area of the city, Palmer managed to ran away while Sadler rode his bike at excessive speeds eventually crashing into a canal.  He was arrested by the police on the towpath and found to be in possession of £200 in £1 coins.

Two days later, Palmer was arrested at a property in Erdington.

Both men were charged with and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and Sadler also pleaded guilty to trying to escape from a hospital whilst under police guard.

Richard Palmer was sentenced to six years and four months and Mathew Sadler to seven years imprisonment.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Over a seven week period, Matthew Sadler and Richard Palmer committed 53 burglaries of commercial premises all of which were during the night and on many occasions when the licensees were asleep in the living quarters above the premises.

"The defendants broke into each of the premises in order to steal from the gaming machines that were housed within them. In total they stole nearly £32,000 but they also caused nearly £43,000 of damages.

"The prosecution team were able to rely on forensic, cell site, clothing and automatic number plate recognition evidence to link the defendants to the scene of each crime. It is testimony to this evidence that Sadler and Palmer had no option other than to plead guilty to their crimes."