Two men have been jailed for a combined total of 15 years in relation to a string of burglaries in Nottinghamshire.
Michael Reavill, 34, and Jason Lane, 41, of Pelham Road, Nottingham, were found guilty of conspiring to commit burglary between 1 December 2017 and 11 February 2018 following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottingham Crown Court heard on Thursday (9 August 2018) that Reavill committed the burglaries between 3 December 2017 and 26 January 2018.
After burgling one of the properties, in Yew Tree Avenue, Carrington, Reavill used a stolen bank card to make a contactless payment at a store in Nottingham.
He was identified after Nottinghamshire Police issued a media appeal with CCTV images of the suspect.
The other burglaries were in Weardale Road, Sherwood, Worcester Road, Arnold, Sherbrooke Terrace, Nottingham, Watcombe Circus, Carrington, Devonshire Road, Nottingham, Lortas Road, Sherwood, and Chard Street, Old Basford.
In all cases Reavill also used stolen bank cards to make make contactless payments at various stores. He was identified through CCTV footage.
The court heard that Lane was identified as being with Reavill a short time after the burglary in Weardale Road, Sherwood, was committed. He was also caught on CCTV entering stores with Reavill at the time stolen cards were used fraudulently.
When police officers attended the scene of the burglary in Watcombe Circus, Carrington, they found cigarette papers in the back garden. Forensic examination of the papers found a match for Lane’s DNA.
A number of items identified as being stolen in burglaries were seized from a room Lane was staying in at a hostel.
Speaking after the pair’s sentencing Detective Inspector Ed Cook said: “We’re pleased with the lengthy custodial sentences given to Reavill and Lane and hope they give some reassurance to victims that we take burglary offences seriously and will do all we can to see offenders brought to justice.
“This was a complex investigation which involved some really good work from the investigation team.
“Burglary is such an impactful and distressing crime for victims which is why we now have a two new dedicated teams committed to tackling and reducing burglary in the city and county.
“The presence of our burglary teams and the hard work of our officers is sending out the message that if you commit a burglary in our Force area you won’t get away with it.”