Bexley man jailed for Essex burglaries
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 17 August 2018
Two men who carried out 37 burglaries across Essex over the course of six weeks have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years.
Michael O’Reilly and Bexley resident Jordan Hodges broke into properties across the county including Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, and Billericay between March 9 and April 20, 2015.
In a number of cases, their white Vauxhall Astra was seen on CCTV.
They were arrested in Hedley Chase, Warley on April 21 2015 after officers stopped them in the van.
While Hodges, 24, of Western Way, Thamesmead, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at an earlier hearing, O’Reilly, 46, of Roman Road, Mountnessing, was found guilty on July 27 2018 following a five day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
At the same court on Thursday, August 16 O’Reilly was jailed for nine years and Hodges was sentenced to two and-a-half years in prison.
Investigating officer det serg Neil Tremain said: “Michael O’Reilly and Jordan Hodges are prolific burglars who embarked on a crime spree which saw dozens of people having their homes broken into and their privacy violated.
“Burglaries are incredibly invasive crimes and no-one should feel concerned about their safety in their own home.
“I hope O’Reilly and Hodges think about the how their actions made their victims feel during their time behind bars.
“I believe Essex is a safer place with them off our streets. I hope this sentence comes as some solace to the victims and helps them find some closure.”