A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to a total of five years’ imprisonment today for his part in a conspiracy to burgle, and for drugs and driving offences.
Darren Levy, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court after being convicted of one count of grievous bodily harm, one count of conspiracy to burgle, one count of possession of a class A drug, and possession of a class B drug.
He was also disqualified from driving for four years after being convicted of driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.
The conspiracy offence relates to a total of six house burglaries:
- one between August 4 and August 5, 2013 in Menai Grove, Stoke on Trent.
- one on October 16, 2013 in Wordsworth Avenue, Newport Pagnell.
- one on October 21, 2013 in Crossbrooks, Northampton
- two burglaries in Walton Road and Cressey Avenue, Middleton, both between November 7 and November 8, 2013.
- one on 8 November in Braybrooke Drive, Furzton.
Levy was arrested in Birmingham on November 9, 2013 when he drove erratically into two police vehicles in an attempt to evade arrest.
He had been wanted by Thames Valley Police after he committed the GBH offence, when he assaulted a woman in Studley Knapp, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes, on September 7, 2012.
He was charged with conspiracy to burgle, dangerous driving, disqualified driving, driving with no insurance, possession of cannabis and cocaine on November 11, 2013.
He was convicted of the burglary conspiracy offence on May 16 following a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court sitting at Amersham Law Courts.
Levy pleaded guilty to the offences of disqualified driving, driving without insurance, possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis at the start of the trial.
Speaking following the sentencing Det Insp Matthew Darnell said: “I think this sentence today sends out a strong message that we will investigate reports of burglary thoroughly and deal with offenders robustly.
“Burglary in an invasive crime and affects victims significantly and we will do whatever we can to bring offenders to face justice.
“Levy tried to hide in Birmingham but, following a protracted investigation by Thames Valley Police officers, we were able to track him down and arrest him.”