A man who conspired to burgle dozens of homes across Essex and east London alongside his girlfriend has been jailed for six years.
Between December 13, 2016, and February 1, 2017, police received reports of burglary across nine locations – Aveley, Canvey Island, Chadwell Heath, Ilford, Grays, Rainham, Romford, Stanford-le Hope and Westcliff.
Officers investigated the burglaries and around at least 40 were linked to Peter Flowers, 43, and Lindsay Hilden, 37, both unemployed of no fixed address.
They were arrested by officers close to the scene of a burglary in Coombewood Drive, Chadwell Heath, in the early hours of Wednesday, February 1.
At the time of his arrest, Flowers was wanted by police for failing to appear on police bail for driving offences, possession of a knife and possession of cocaine.
Today (Friday, August 4) ), Flowers was jailed at Basildon Crown Court for six years for conspiracy to burgle, three years for burglary, one month for possession of an offensive weapon, 42 days for driving while disqualified, 21 days for failing to stop and seven days for possession of cocaine. The sentences will run concurrently.
He admitted these offences on Wednesday, May 3, and received no separate penalty for driving without insurance and was disqualified from driving for four years.
Hilden is due to appear the same court later this month for sentencing after admitting to conspiracy to burgle and burglary at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, March 24.
Investigating officer Pc Michael Brimfield said after today’s hearing: “Hilden and Flowers are prolific offenders who have shown no regard or remorse for their actions. They turned up to their victims’ addresses and forced open the front doors before carrying out messy searches and taking their possessions.
“On occasions they would wake their victims by turning on the house lights or by being heard chatting and even laughing. They were linked to 21 burglaries reported to us between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, six of which occurred in one morning alone.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with this case, which has involved more than 60 witnesses and around 40 investigations. I would also like to thank all the victims for their support in bringing Flowers to justice. Flowers now has plenty of time to think about his actions behind bars.”