Car break-in duo jailed for Bexley and Bromley spree
PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 March 2011
Two prolific thieves have been sentenced following a spree of vehicle break-ins which netted them almost £200,000 in property.
Michelle Cole, 35, and Delwyn Grant, 32, carried out thefts in Bexley and Bromley, Thames Valley and Hertfordshire. They stole items ranging from top value jewellery to a goldfish bowl and a bespoke chocolate cake they ate to keep them going on a single day where they committed up to 15 offences.
Grant of Anerley Road, Anerley, was sentenced to two years, at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday while Cole, of Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years. She also got 120 hours unpaid community work and a supervision order for 24 months. It is estimated that the value of property stolen was in the region of £190,000 and the damage caused to vehicles in excess of £50,000.
Cole and Grant, who both pleaded guilty to the crimes between October 2009 and March last year, targeted car parks belonging to sports centres, other leisure facilities and hotels when they knew patrons would be leaving their vehicles unattended for some time with valuables inside.