2 JAILED FOR NATIONWIDE CRIME SPREE
They targeted 19 stores netting thousands of pounds
A PAIR of crooks who made thousands travelling the country burgling supermarkets have been jailed for more than nine years.
Scott Johnson, from Coventry, and Scott Warner, from Bedworth, targeted a total of 19 convenience stores in the Midlands, Cheshire, Yorkshire and even the Isle of Wight.
The brazen pair even carried on raiding stores when they had been arrested and bailed by one police force simply moving into a different area.
Johnston, aged 35, of Lancia Close in Aldermans Green, and Warner, 33 of Missing Oak Close in Bedworth, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and on Friday they were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
Warner was jailed for 52 months and Johnston got 56 months with an extra six months for dangerous driving.
Johnston will also be disqualified from driving for two years and will need to take an extended re-test before he can get back behind the wheel.
The pair’s criminal shopping spree took place between May 21 and July 17 last year.
They targeted four Tesco Express stores and 15 Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores, wearing masks and dark clothing before forcing their way inside in the early hours of the morning.
Within two months they had travelled all the way around the country to target the smaller supermarkets but were eventually busted by the number plate recognition system used by police.
Before they could carry out their 20th raid they were arrested and charged.
Investigating officer, Det Con Rob Clarke said: “Johnston and Warner thought they could evade capture by travelling far and wide using their tried and trusted MO and even though they had been arrested and bailed in other police force areas they brazenly continued their offending.
“But a combination of Automated Number Plate Recognition work along with forensic and phone analysis linked them both to each raid.
“Faced with the evidence against them, they had little choice other than to admit their guilt and the court accepted 12 guilty pleas each which covered all the burglaries. I am satisfied that they have been given custodial sentences.”
The stores targeted were as follows:
18 May - Sainsbury Local, Compton, Wolverhampton
20 May − Tesco Express, Measham, Leicestershire
21 May - Sainsbury Local, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
2 June - Sainsbury Local, Compton, Wolverhampton
4 June - Sainsbury Local, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
7 June - Sainsbury Local, Hoole, Chester
12 June - Sainsbury Local, Knutsfort, Cheshire
13 June - Sainsbury Local, Southampton
18 June - Sainsbury Local, Sandown, Isle of Wight
19 June - Sainsbury Local, Albert Road, Southsea
19 June - Sainsbury Local, Palmerstone Road, Southsea
23 June - Sainsbury Local, Hove
2 July − Tesco Express, Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth
2 July − Tesco Express, Tuckton Road, Bournemouth
6 July - Sainsbury Local, Fulford Road, York
6 July - Sainsbury Local, Bootham, York
14 July - Sainsbury Local, Bishopston, Bristol
15 July - Sainsbury Local, Carshalton, Surrey
17 July - Sainsbury Local, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
Scott Johnson and Scott Warner