Fri, 15 Apr 2016
Two men have been jailed for more than five years after a smash and grab at a house in Hungerford and the theft of a Mini Cooper which was parked in the garage.
Peter Cripps, aged 35 and Christopher Kupiec, aged 34, both from Reading were convicted and sentenced at Reading Crown Court on April 8 following a five day trial.
The sentencing comes after a raid by the pair on a property at Aldbourne Close, Hungerford, on October 23 which took place sometime after 11.45pm.
Cripps and Kupiec smashed a ground floor window before ransacking the home and stealing jewellery, electrical goods and the keys to a Mini Cooper which was parked in the garage.
The duo went on to steal electrical goods and jewellery in a similar raid at a house at Wintringham Way, Purley-on-Thames just days later.
They were caught on November 4 when Cripps drove off without paying for fuel at the Tilehurst Road Service station at 1.20pm.
When stopped by police on the same day some of the stolen goods were found in the car and both men were later arrested and charged.
Cripps was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for one count of burglary of a dwelling, one count of burglary of a dwelling and theft of motor vehicle, and one count of making off without payment.
Kupiec was sentenced to two years’ and nine months’ imprisonment for one count of burglary of a dwelling and one count of burglary of a dwelling and theft of a motor vehicle.
Investigating officer DC Paul Beasley of local CID, based at Newbury police station said: “Burglaries have a significant and lasting effect on the victim.
“I hope this sentence helps to bring them some closure and also reassures the public that those who commit such offences will be dealt with robustly.”