Men sentenced to prison for burglary series – Berkshire & Hampshire
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Following a lengthy investigation by Thames Valley Police, two men have been jailed for a total of 15 years and four months after they were found guilty of multiple offences, including conspiracy to commit burglary across Berkshire and Hampshire.
Jonathan Marney, aged 34, of Robsart Place, Cumnor, was sentenced to eight years and four months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, concealing criminal property and driving while disqualified following a trial lasting two weeks at Reading Crown Court, which concluded today (4/11).
His co-defendant, John Leslie Smith, aged 36, of Bruce Road, Woodley, was jailed for seven years for conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving a concurrent sentence of four years for conspiracy to commit theft. He was acquitted of one count of theft from a motor vehicle.
Between September and November 2021, Marney and Smith worked together to commit eight burglaries in dwellings where car keys were stolen and then cars were subsequently taken from driveways of six of the eight properties.
Between them, Marney and Smith also committed seven thefts from motor vehicles where number plates were stolen.
The offences occurred in Reading, Calcot, Tilehurst, Woodley and Basingstoke in Hampshire, the majority of which took place overnight in the hours of darkness.
Following a thorough investigation, Marney and Smith were identified through digital and forensic evidence.
Smith was arrested on 20 January 2022 and charged the following day, while Marney was arrested on 12 February 2022 and charged on 14 February.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jen Cox of the Priority Crime Team, based at Reading police station, said: “Following this lengthy and complex investigation into a series of burglaries and thefts, both of these offenders were found guilty by a unanimous jury.
“The offenders worked together, as a team, breaking into a number of homes, stealing victims’ cars and other personal belongings.
“After this, the pair stole number plates from other cars, using these on stolen vehicles in an attempt to hide their tracks.
“Burglary is a horrendous crime that has devastating and long-lasting effects on victims and the Reading Priority Crime Team are absolutely committed to ensuring offenders such as Marney and Smith are brought to justice.
“Marney and Smith will now serve lengthy prison terms for their offending, which, I hope, will reassure our communities that we will robustly pursue offenders and investigate such crimes.”