A Milton Keynes man has been jailed for 16 months for burgling family homes and stealing fuel from lorries.
Laurence Cawley, 41, from Willen Caravan Site, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and one count of theft from vehicle at Aylesbury Crown Court on 7 October and was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment.
The court heard how Cawley targeted three properties in Milton Keynes and caused damage to seven parked HGVs in one night while taking fuel from them, all between 30 June and 27 July 2014.
Cawley (pictured) burgled two homes in Wolverton (Gloucester Road and Stacey Avenue), and one in The Limes, Stony Stratford. The fuel thefts were committed in Old Wolverton Road, Wolverton.
For each burglary, Cawley made his entrance through the back door of the home before conducting a messy search and taking electrical equipment.
Jewellery was also taken from the Gloucester Road home, while cash was also stolen from the Stacey Avenue address.
Investigating officer, Det Con Kathryn Combstock, said: “Laurence Cawley committed these daytime offences at family-owned properties with no regard to the victims involved.
“All of the houses targeted were family homes with children, although no victims were in at the times of the offences being committed.
“The investigation and his sentence reinforce our commitment to providing justice to burglary victims and to show the members of the public that Thames Valley Police takes this type of crime very seriously.
“It also sends a strong message to those who offend that they will be dealt with robustly.”