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17-year-old behind 100 burglaries is jailed
8th April, 2011|
A 17-year-old behind nearly 100 burglaries across Essex has been jailed. He was paid by a gang to steal several sports cars - worth ￡445,000 - over two years.
The jailed 17-year-old behind nearly 100 burglaries was paid by a 'sophisticated' gang
The unnamed teenager pleaded guilty to three burglaries and two thefts, but he asked Chelmsford Crown Court to take 90 other offences into consideration in his case.
According to prosecutor Mark Larkin, he left his victims ‘emotional and hysterical’ after the thefts from their homes.
The court heard that the teen, described as belonging to a 'sophisticated enterprise’, was paid to steal the keys to high-powered sports cars including BMWs.
‘He would have received small payments - it was a sophisticated, ongoing, long-term exercise,’ Mark Larkin, prosecuting, revealed.
Sentencing the teen, from Westclifff, Essex, to 18 months' youth detention and training, Judge Charles Gratwicke said: ‘It is not a case of a number of isolated burglaries - it is a crime spree.’
The youngster's defence team pointed out that he became involved with older people and drugs when he was just 15, in a bid to lessen the punishment meted out to him.