More South American burglars face deportation

Surrey Comet: The gang will be deported after serving time behind bars The gang will be deported after serving time behind bars

More South American burglars face deportation after being sentenced to time behind bars.

Carlos Andreas Romero Martinez, 32, pleaded guilty to burgling a house on January 27 this year, and was sentenced to 14 months in jail at Kingston Crown Court on June 27.

Another three Columbian burglars were also handed prison sentences after admitting conspiring to burgle properties in Kingston and Croydon in November last year.

Judge Richard Southwell handed a sentence of two years to Carlos Alberto Poveda Guio, 42, two and a half years to Pedro Cortez Herrera, 39, and three and a half years to Denisse Lara Bernal, 27, at Kingston Crown Court at an earlier hearing on Wednesday, June 13.

Detective Inspector Simon Day said: "This was a complex investigation into a highly organised team who predominantly targeted members of our Asian community to steal high value gold and jewellery amongst other items of property.

"They often took irreplaceable heirlooms and caused considerable damage.

"The impact on their victims was considerable and long lasting.

"I hope that their conviction and sentencing, and subsequent deportation, will give their victims some peace of mind and closure."

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All four burglars will be deported after their sentences have been served.

South American burglary gangs were first revealed by the Surrey Comet in December last year and have added to Kingston’s burglary rate.

A total of 94 homes were hit in December 2011, the highest number for at least three years.

But three South American burglars disputed that they were an organised criminal gang and claimed to have met only a month before their crime, when they were sentenced in January this year.

The spate of burglaries was draining police resources from other parts of the borough as officers were drawn away to help deal with the crimes around the A3 corridor.

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1:03pm Wed 4 Jul 12

kingstonpaul says...

Don't hold your breath. There'll be another wave through soon to add to our own locally grown scumbags.
And if I sound bitter, it's because I experienced the devastating impact of being burgled two years ago.
Don't hold your breath. There'll be another wave through soon to add to our own locally grown scumbags. And if I sound bitter, it's because I experienced the devastating impact of being burgled two years ago. kingstonpaul

3:34pm Wed 4 Jul 12

elyobelyob says...

Was anything recovered? Is there somewhere we can look for our items? Did they give any indication in court as to how they disposed of the stolen goods? As victims of these crimes, it would be useful for some feedback from the police themselves.
Was anything recovered? Is there somewhere we can look for our items? Did they give any indication in court as to how they disposed of the stolen goods? As victims of these crimes, it would be useful for some feedback from the police themselves. elyobelyob

5:52am Thu 5 Jul 12

Beverly RA says...

They will only serve half the time, plus and any time served whilst waiting for trail.
Then we pay to send them home.
Are we sending the right message to those who will follow?
They will only serve half the time, plus and any time served whilst waiting for trail. Then we pay to send them home. Are we sending the right message to those who will follow? Beverly RA

10:50am Thu 5 Jul 12

Mark... says...

Burglers need to serve more time, the crime lasts a long time to the victim. I was burgled over 10 years ago, and you always have it in the back of your head when leaving the house etc. Plus seeing them shipped off is not closure. We need to find the kingpin that's sending them here.
Burglers need to serve more time, the crime lasts a long time to the victim. I was burgled over 10 years ago, and you always have it in the back of your head when leaving the house etc. Plus seeing them shipped off is not closure. We need to find the kingpin that's sending them here. Mark...

1:05pm Thu 5 Jul 12

kingstonpaul says...

With the rights of possible perpetrators of greater importance than those of the victim, the police have a difficult job nailing burglars. The intelligence is there, the police have a pretty good idea who the villains are. But those good old fashioned coppering instincts best summed up by the practice of 'feeling a few collars' are no longer encouraged in case they breach the rights of the offender.
With the rights of possible perpetrators of greater importance than those of the victim, the police have a difficult job nailing burglars. The intelligence is there, the police have a pretty good idea who the villains are. But those good old fashioned coppering instincts best summed up by the practice of 'feeling a few collars' are no longer encouraged in case they breach the rights of the offender. kingstonpaul

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