Man jailed for two years for string of burglaries – Oxfordshire
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A prolific burglar has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after he was convicted of a string of offences across Oxfordshire.
Raymond Starkings, aged 33, of New Bridge Street, Witney, pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary non-dwelling and two counts of fraud by false representation in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday (30/9).
The offences all took place between 15 December 2020 and 24 July this year.
Starkings was arrested at the last of his offences on 24 July at Stanton Harcourt Cricket Club, in which members of Stanton Harcourt and Wolvercote Cricket Clubs detained Starkings, who had entered the club house, stealing money from the till in the bar area before taking a quantity of cash from wallets of players left in the changing rooms.
On 15 December 2020, Starkings stole staff property from the Hill Top Garden Centre near Charlbury, using cards stolen at a nearby shop on two occasions.
On 22 December, Starkings accessed the Churchill Court Hotel in Long Hanborough, which was closed at the time due to Covid-19. He stole £70 from the till of the café in the hotel.
Then on Christmas Day 2020, he broke into the Black Horse public house in Standlake, stealing £750 from behind the bar.
In Marcham, on 17 June this year, Starkings entered the All Saints Church in Marcham, going into areas not accessible to the public, and stole an Apple iPad.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Steven Bates, based at Witney police station, said: “Starkings is a prolific offender who has rightly been jailed for a string of burglaries.
“Although none of the burglaries were in residential properties, his offending caused great distress to businesses who were already struggling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He was caught and detained by members of two cricket teams at Stanton Harcourt and was subsequently charged with the five offences.
“Given the evidence against him, Starkings had no option but to plead guilty, and I am pleased that he has been given a custodial sentence as a result.
“I hope that Starkings uses his time in custody to consider his actions and that he takes the chance to rehabilitate from his offending behaviour.
“I would like to praise the members of Stanton Harcourt and Wolvercote Cricket Clubs who acted quickly to detain Starkings in the act of one of these offences, which helped us to bring him to justice.
“I hope that this sentence sends a warning to others who seek to do harm in the community that we will always prosecute offenders and put them before the courts.”