St John’s Wood and Maida Vale burglars caught

Two men found guilty of going on a burglary spree during eight-week period last year

TWO men have pleaded guilty to committing an eight-week spate of burglaries at houses in Maida Vale and St John’s Wood.

John Courtney, 35, and Gerard Daly, 25, both of Woodchester Square, Paddington, targeted houses where doors had been left on the latch during autumn last year.

At Southwark Crown Court last week Courtney was handed a three-year, four-month jail sentence while Daly was given a 10-month suspended sentence.

On October 5, 2010, officers spotted the pair entering a residential address in St John’s Wood before exiting 15 minutes later with a number of bags.

They followed the pair away from the address, and arrested them nearby on suspicion of conspiracy to steal.

They were subsequently charged with conspiracy to steal for several burglaries during the eight-week period.

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Det Supt Vince Abrahart, of Westminster Crime Squad, said: “These men were targeting houses where the door had been shut and left on the latch but which had not been dead locked.

“Our officers are working hard to drive down burglary offences in the borough but I’d also like to remind residents that they can help keep their home secure by lifting the handle and turning the key, even if they are just popping to the shops.”