Gang jailed for burgling 22 homes in MK

Picture left to right Carl Torano, aged 31, of Downdean, Eaglestone; Donovan Shippey, aged 36, of Shaw Road, Blakenhall and Elizabeth Barker, aged 29, of Northridge, Eaglestone, Sarah Phillips, aged 27, of Morecambe St, Liverpool
Picture left to right Carl Torano, aged 31, of Downdean, Eaglestone; Donovan Shippey, aged 36, of Shaw Road, Blakenhall and Elizabeth Barker, aged 29, of Northridge, Eaglestone, Sarah Phillips, aged 27, of Morecambe St, Liverpool
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Four people have been jailed for burgling 22 homes across Milton Keynes.

The gang stole a total of £50,000 worth of belongings between October 4, 2012 and February 13, 2013.

Nine burglaries were in Middleton, five in Walnut Tree, two in Monkston and Kents Hill and one offence in each of the estates of Springfield, Milton Keynes Village, Shenley Lodge and Emerson Valley.

Carl Torano, aged 31, of Downdean, Eaglestone, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to burgle.

Donovan Shippey, aged 36, of Shaw Road, Blakenhall, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to burgle.

Elizabeth Barker, aged 29, of Northridge, Eaglestone, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for one count of conspiracy to burgle.

All three were convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court on 30 April 2015. Torano and Shippey were sentenced on 30 April 2015 and Barker was sentenced on 26 May 2015..

Sarah Phillips, aged 27, of Morecambe St, Liverpool was sentenced to three years’ and two months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to burgle and failing to answer court bail.

She was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 21 December.

Torano was arrested on 11 February 2013, and was charged on 1 December 2014

Shippey was arrested on 9 February 2013, and was charged on 19 November 2014.

Barker was arrested on 9 February 2013, and was charged on 19 November 2014.

Phillips was arrested on 11 February 2013, and was charged on 28 November 2014.

Det Con Matt Bly said: “The total value of items stolen was in excess of £50,000, including damage made to properties when breaking in and in some cases, turning them upside down when searching for items to steal.

“The offenders, led by Torano targeted family homes in the area and stole easily disposable property including electrical items, jewellery and cash.

“The offences were carried out mainly during the daytime when the owners were out of the house although one victim woke to find a torch being shone in his face by an intruder.

“The offences were linked to the defendants through mobile phone calls and text messages as well as a vehicle belonging to one of the gang which, when stopped by Police, contained property from two of the burgled houses.

“These burglaries were clearly well orchestrated and planned..

“Painstaking analysis of the evidence and input from a large number of police fficers and staff involved allowed the investigation to be driven forward and charges brought against the defendants.

“These criminals had no regard for their victims and maintained a not guilty plea throughout the trial; they are paying the price for this apathy.

“The judge was provided with the victim personal statements completed by the victims prior to his sentencing and commented in court on the impact these offences clearly had on them.”

Detective Inspector Matt Darnell, said: “This case sends a clear message to those involved in this kind of criminality that we will robustly investigate them to ensure that justice is done, no matter how long it takes and they should expect to be dealt with appropriately at court.”