Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, three men were sentenced yesterday (11/10) for conspiring to burgle properties across the Thames Valley.
Michael Bates, aged 29, of Edinburgh Road, Maidenhead, Liam Buckley, aged 30, of no fixed abode, and Alexander Buckley, aged 25, of no fixed abode, all pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle covering nine offences at Reading Crown Court on Friday 29 September.
Bates was sentenced four years and three months’ imprisonment, Liam Buckley received four years and one month imprisonment, and Alexander Buckley received two years and nine months’ imprisonment.
The incidents took place between 25 October 2016 and 10 April 2017 in Maidenhead, Windsor, High Wycombe, Bracknell and Marlow. Bates, Buckley and Buckley broke into supermarkets, a building society and numerous pubs while in possession of crowbars and tools. They targeted cigarette kiosks and fruit machines, stealing a large amount of cigarettes, electronic games and cash. The amount of stock, cash and damage which resulted is estimated to be just over £15,800.
Following the sentencing, investigating officer, Detective Constable Nicola Tompkins, from the Investigation Hub based at Maidenhead police station, said: “This was a resource intensive investigation into serious, complex and organised crime. I am pleased that Bates and the Buckleys have pleaded guilty to these offences. Organised crime will not be tolerated within the Thames Valley.
“This resulted in a very positive outcome. I would also like to thank Smart Water for assisting Thames Valley Police in this particular investigation. This thank you is extended to the staff at the public houses and supermarkets involved.”