Prolific Swanley burglar Freddie Webb jailed after spate of break-ins at expensive homes
Freddie Webb has been jailed for four years and eight months
A prolific burglar who targeted expensive homes and on one occasion drove off in a £31,500 car has been jailed for four years and eight months.
Freddie Webb, of Swanley Lane, Swanley, admitted four charges of burglary and six of handling stolen goods.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the offences were committed in the Sevenoaks area in March and April this year.
A home in Pointoise Close was burgled on March 24 and an iPad and two designer watches were stolen. The watches were later found at 28-year-old Webb's home.
Prosecutor Ian Foinette said Webb broke into a house in White Hart Wood at the end of March and stole an expensive Audi S5 belonging to Alyson Corrigan. The house keys were also taken.
Another break-in was at a house in Springshaw Close, where sentimental jewellery belonging to the owner's late wife - including her engagement and wedding rings - was stolen.
Webb was found to have handled a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, which cost more than £9,000, stolen in a burglary at a house in Mount Harry Road.
He burgled another home in Springshaw Close and took a Rolex watch worth more than £1,000.
He shortened the bracelet on the watch and was wearing it when arrested.
Another burglary was in Dartford Road, where a £2,000 television was ripped off the wall while the owner was on holiday. Burglar alarms were also damaged.
A screwdriver left at the scene was examined and police were able to get Webb's DNA profile.
"This was a prolific spate of burglaries and handlings and many of the items were of extreme sentimental value..." - Judge Charles Byers
He admitted handling a silver plated serving dish belonging to Marianne Turk, taken from her home in Marlborough Close and wedding presents dating back to 1955 taken from Paul Fleetham's home.
Webb was also caught with a key to an Audi Q5 car belonging to Christopher Foreman and taken from his home in St John's Road. The car was not stolen.
It was one of three keys hidden behind a wash basin at Webb's home. Another of the keys was to an Audi Q7 belonging to Jason Taylor.
Mr Foinette said Webb was arrested because of sharp-eyed home owner who heard a car on his drive in the early hours of April 1. He saw a man wearing a beany hat and padded jacket approach the front door.
He noted down part of the Vauxhall Astra's registration plate and police arrested Webb near Bromley.
The bulk of the stolen property was recovered, including the Audi S5, which had stolen number plates.
The prosecutor said Webb had previous convictions for burglary and conspiracy to steal high-value cars, for which he was jailed for 34 months in August 2010.
Judge Charles Byers told Webb: "You targeted high-value properties. This was a prolific spate of burglaries and handlings and many of the items were of extreme sentimental value.
"You must understand the public views this type of offence extremely seriously and any sentence I pass must reflect that concern.
"It must punish you and send out a clear message that those who burgle homes will get a severe sentence."
He added: "Sometimes people who are burgled carry the scars for the rest of their lives. Sometimes they have to move house because their privacy has been invaded and molested."
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