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Two men jailed following burglary spree

News   •   Jun 25, 2018 13:24 BST

[Jailed: Johnny Berry and Jason Smith]

Two men who went on a two-day burglary spree across London, Surrey and Hertfordshire have been jailed.

Johnny Berry, 27 (03.12.90), of Merlin Crescent, Edgware was sentenced to a total of seven years and two months' imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 22 June.

He had previously pleaded guilty to 15 counts on Monday, 12 March at the same court. He was given a further three-year extended licence.

Jason Smith, 28 (26.02.90) of no fixed address was sentenced to a total of eight years' imprisonment after being found guilty to 14 counts, following an eight-day trial at Kingston Crown Court.

He was given a further three-year extended licence, nine points on his driving licence and banned from driving for two years and can re-apply upon release.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Leo Farnon, said: "This conviction was made possible following the great work of the officers that responded to the emergency call on 5 May, last year. Officers stopped the vehicle involved and apprehended Johnny Berry. This arrest revealed vital evidence that lead to the arrest of Jason Smith, who was spotted by switched-on officers in Harrow.

"These men committed terrifying crimes, with no regard of how their actions would go on to distress the victims that night and continue to have an affect nearly a year later.

"I want to thank the victims and their family for showing bravery, supporting the investigation and attending court. I hope this conviction goes someway to providing closure to the victims and their families."

Both men were convicted of the following offences which took place on 4 and 5 May 2017:

- Three counts of burglary at addresses in High Road, Bushey.
- One count of theft of a motor vehicle in High Road, Bushey.
- Two counts of attempted burglary at addresses in Thrigby Road, Chessington.
- One count of robbery at Rollesby Road, Chessington.
- One count of burglary at an address in Green Lane, Chessington.
- One count of attempted burglary at an address in Moore Lane, Chessington.
- One count of threatening another with an offensive weapon in Moore Lane, Chessington.
- One count of aggravated burglary at a business address in Cheam Road, Epsom.
- One count of possession of a prohibited weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing, namely a plastic bottle.
- One count of attempted burglary at a business address in Worcester Park, Epsom.

Smith was also sentenced for one count of aggravated vehicle taking and Berry was also sentenced for one count of aggravated allowing to be carried in a vehicle.

At sentencing, the judge said: ""You were not afraid to intimidate, threaten and injure…I am satisfied that you targeted [the victim], seeing an 80 year-old woman returning home in the dark. She was extremely vulnerable and you behaved appallingly. I have heard the effects on your victim.You gave not the slightest thought to the effect that you had on your victims."

During a burglary in Cheam Road, at 19:00hrs on 5 May 2017, a pregnant woman was sprayed in the face with a corrosive substance. The victim suffered minor irritation and has since made a full recovery. Nothing was stolen from the property.

Also on 5 May 2017, the pair went on to rob an 84-year-old woman, who suffers from dementia, in her home. They entered the property in Rollesby Road in Chessington at around 20:30hrs and dragged the victim around her house whilst looking for property. They stole a number of watches and around £300 in cash. Since the attack, her health has declined and she is no longer able to live independently.

Berry was arrested on 5 May 2017 after his vehicle registration was given to officers by a member of the public. At 21:50hrs officers stopped the vehicle and arrested Berry. Smith made off on foot and went into hiding.

Smith was identified on 6 May 2017 and was arrested on 28 September 2017 by officers in Harrow. At around 13:30hrs, on 28 September 2017, Smith spotted the officers patrolling near Waleran Close, Stanmore and ran off and hid at an address known to him. Police forced entry, he was found hiding behind a washing machine, under the kitchen counter.

Be Safe and protect your property from burglars this summer by following this simple advice:

- Lock you doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you are out in the garden.
- Keep keys away from a letterbox.
- Install a visual burglar alarm.
- Install outside lighting.
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home when you are away.
- Leave radios and lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.
- Keep ladders and tools stored away.
- Ensure side gates are locked.
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, by trimming high hedges.
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.

Consider following our 3 Step Protect advice to keep your home safe from burglary and damage, for more information visit: www.met.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary