Eight year sentence for ‘appalling’ crime spree
Stole cash from learning support centre
Uxbridge Gazette, Stoke Mill, Woking Road, Guildford GU1 1QA
editorialuxbridge@ trinitysouth.co.uk A MAN described as an “appalling career criminal” by police has been jailed for eight years.
Reece Owen, 26, of no fixed address, was found guilty on July 2 of two counts of dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, two burglaries, possession of an offensive weapon, escaping from custody and assaulting police, according to the Met.
He was jailed on Monday last week by Isleworth Crown Court.
Owen received a 27-month prison sentence in January 2013 for a burglary he committed in the Thames Valley Area. On June 24 last year he was wanted on recall to prison by police in Hillingdon after he breached the conditions of his release.
Owen committed two offences in the weeks leading up to his disappearance and was responsible for driving dangerously on April 10 2014 in Cowley Road, where he drove at speed, mounting the pavement and narrowly missing pedestrians, police added.
On June 19, he burgled the Rural Activities Centre – a garden centre and learning support centre for adults with learning disabilities – stealing a quantity of cash.
Police arrested Owen on June 23 at an address in Hillingdon. While in police custody, at Hillingdon Hospital on June 24, he pushed two police officers and sprinted away from them, escaping.
On July 3, police said he burgled another address, in Blossom Way, stealing a wallet and other items.
Shortly after, a member of the public recognised Owen’s face from a media appeal and contacted the police.
Owen drove a VW Golf at dangerous speeds on July 16 in Pield Heath Road, with police unable to pursue and detain him at the time due to the extreme danger he placed in the lives of the public, police and himself, officers said.
Finally, on July 20, officers visited an address in Lovibond Close, West Drayton, and Owen was arrested. At the time of the arrest, Owen reached for a knife as he struggled with police.
Detective Constable Wesley Johnson said: “Owen clearly went to great lengths not only to evade the police, but to carry on committing crime while he was sought.
“The sheer disregard he has shown to the lives of other road users is appalling and there is no doubt that his actions could have caused significant injuries or even death.
“Our team’s tenacity and drive to locate Owen, together with the public’s overwhelming response to media appeals, led to his arrest.
“Owen will now face a considerable time behind bars, away from a community which he blighted with his appalling behaviour and will have to face the consequences of his actions.
“There is no place for criminals like Owen to hide and we will use every tactic and resource to capture those who think they can evade the authorities.”
n JAILED: Reece Owen