A St Leonards man is starting a prison sentence totalling 11 years for burglaries, after a police investigation.
William Ripley, 42, of London Road, St Leonards, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 4 April, to 11 years for aggravated burglary at a house in St Leonards and a further burglary at a house in Peasmarsh, both in September last year.
On the afternoon of 16 September two men forced their way through a locked door into the St Leonards address, one armed with a shotgun. They threatened one of the residents and stole about £200 cash before leaving in a car.
During the following day the house in Peasmarsh was broken into and a quantity of jewellery was stolen, together with bank and credit cards,one of which was used at several local shops later the same day.
Police Investigator Bernadette Peters said: "From CCTV at the locations where the card was used we subsequently identified Ripley.
"Meanwhile, in the early hours of 18 September a car stolen in another burglary in St Leonards earlier that month was seen on ANPR being driven near Rye. Officer searched the area and found it abandoned near Three Oaks. Jewellery from the Peasmarsh burglary was found in the car, which was also identified as being present at the St Leonards burglary on 16 September. Ripley's DNA linked him to that car.
"Our investigation has resulted in a dangerous burglar being taken off the streets and sentenced to a substantial term of imprisonment. Victims from both the addresses were understandably frightened by what happened, and the presence of the firearm at the St Leonards house shows the level of fear Ripley intended to demonstrate."
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Ref: SXP 54510/2019
Author: Tim Mahony
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