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Gang jailed for East Devon burglary spree

06:00 27 June 2014

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A gang of burglars have been jailed after they went on an all-night crime spree and raided homes and businesses across East Devon.

The three men drove from Kent and sought out soft targets within easy reach of the main road network before heading home in the early hours in a car full of loot.

They broke into Alfington Stores, Ottery Football Club, a garage in Fenny Bridges and a family home in Honiton where the owners were asleep upstairs.

They were intercepted by police after they carried out one final raid on a service station at Stonehenge on their way home.

The raiders took wedding and engagement rings, cash, tools, cigarettes and even cartons of washing powder, most of which were found by police when they were stopped on the A303 near Andover.

Riley Scamp, aged 20, of Green Street, Dartford; Luke Stewart-Day, aged 26, of Hartley, Longfield; and Alfred Rye, aged 22, of Hill Rise, Darenth, all admitted seven burglaries and were all jailed for three years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

He told them: “You three all travelled to the West Country for the purpose of committing burglaries at night.

“Your culpability is greater because you came down equipped for burglary and all three were acting together and have previous convictions for burglary.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said the men drove from Kent in a car belonging to Stewart-Day’s girlfriend and spent the night of September 9, last year, raiding homes and businesses in East Devon.

They started by stealing tools from two garages in Fenny Bridges and moved on to Alfington Stores, where they stole tobacco and washing powder.

The gang next burgled a home in Honiton while the owner slept upstairs before moving to Ottery Football Club where they stole alcohol, tobacco and a 42-inch television.

Miss Eagles said the gang’s car had already aroused suspicion and police were looking for it before they carried out their final raid at Winterbourne Stoke, near Stonehenge, where they stole drinks and alcohol from a service station shop.

Mr James Taghdissian, defending, said the men had come to Devon to commit crime but had not targeted the victims deliberately or sought to cause unnecessary damage.

He said: “It was a spree of opportunistic burglaries having come down to this area rather than anything targeted or organised.”

He added all three are keen to turn their lives around in jail.

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