Gang behind hundreds of raids face jail
Stolen items worth combined total of £2 million
A crime gang which carried out hundreds of burglaries, stealing high performance cars, jewellery and weapons, and even puppies, worth a total of £2 million are facing years behind bars.
The gang - most of whom were from the same family in the traveller community - raided homes and businesses across the region between February and December last year.
The burglaries took place across Cambridgeshire and the east of England, including in Yaxley, Wisbech and March. Often in broad daylight, three or four members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash open doors or windows. They would steal specific items, mainly highpowered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.
Twelve of the gang will be sentenced later this year.
Charlie Albert Webb, (20), from Newton Flotman, Norfolk; John Eli Loveridge, (42), of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk; John Stanley Loveridge, (23), of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk; Joseph Holmes, (21), of Schole Road, Willingham; Danny StoneParker, (28), of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow; Timothy Stone-Parker, (24), of Clay Way, Ely; Joe John Spencer Loveridge, (19), of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire; Richard Oakley, (27), of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk and Johnny Oakley, (25), of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.
Simon Oakley, (45), of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle at a trial at Norwich Crown Court last week. He previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.
James Pateman, (55), of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, (54) , of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, were found guilty of handling stolen goods.
Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “Every one of those crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense. They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.
“One victim had recently lost his wife and they stole her jewellery and a purse, which we have since recovered for him.”
Damage caused to a BP garage in one of the raids
A rifle in the boot of the Audi TT used by the gang to try and evade police