Mitcham twins jailed after 'daily' burglaries across London

Mitcham twins jailed after 'daily' burglaries across London

Smiling: Ashley Thomas is jailed alongside twin brother Leon

Jailed: Twin brother Leon Thomas, of Hasty Close, Mitcham

Jailed: Billie Backshall

Jailed: Tommy Backshall

Jailed: Reiss Brown

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Twin brothers were among those jailed for a total of six years for dozens of burglaries committed ‘daily’ across the capital.

Ashley Thomas, 29, of Hasty Close, Mitcham, was jailed for one year, while his twin Leon, of the same address, will stay behind bars for a year and four months after admitting burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Brothers Billie, 22, and Tommy Backshall, 20, of Lessness Road, Morden, were both sentenced to a year and four months behind bars for their part in up to 16 offences across London.

A fifth man, Reiss Brown, 29, of Hertford Way, Mitcham, was sentenced to one year and three months imprisonment.

All five were subject to a police investigation after a large number of distraction burglaries were committed all over London in the summer of 2013 and early in 2014.

A police spokesman said the group stole property including cash and phone cards from small business premises using distraction techniques.

A large number of these offences were caught on CCTV.

The spokesman said due to the Thomas brothers being twins, identification proved difficult, however the strength of the operation and the determination to place each man at the scene of individual crimes showed the evidence was overwhelming and therefore resulted in guilty pleas.

The officer in charge of the investigation, detective constable Rebecca Michaelis, said: "These men committed, planned and organised these offences on virtually a daily basis.

"They were committing offences London-wide. "The offence of burglary has a painful and long lasting effect on its victims."

The men, who admitted burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, May 9.


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4:32pm Tue 13 May 14

justbeinghonest says...

Wow! how ugly are these lot.
Hideous.
Wow! how ugly are these lot. Hideous. justbeinghonest
  • Score: 14

9:52pm Tue 13 May 14

rivacrelad says...

A year in prison with do nothing to prevent these sad losers commiting similar crimes upon their release. This countries justice system is a disgrace.
A year in prison with do nothing to prevent these sad losers commiting similar crimes upon their release. This countries justice system is a disgrace. rivacrelad
  • Score: 7

11:50pm Wed 14 May 14

AnnoyedWithSociety says...

@Justbeinghonest how can you comment saying about how ugly they are well guessing your a model then?!
@rivacrelad yes your right a year in prison probably won't teach them but its not like any one was hurt!
The justice system is to lenient on people and not just people that go around committing "petty crime's" but also those who have committed serious crime's like murder only get short sentences eg a 12 year old got murdered and the man who killed her only got 38 years and yet didn't see anyone commenting on any of the article's about he should have got longer! Mmm how weird it seems that as a society in general we are more willing to accept that 38 years for murder is okay but if some one commits robbery a year inside is not long enough!! By the way I know there has been a lot of murder's but I used this one has it was probably the one most people would remember!
@Justbeinghonest how can you comment saying about how ugly they are well guessing your a model then?! @rivacrelad yes your right a year in prison probably won't teach them but its not like any one was hurt! The justice system is to lenient on people and not just people that go around committing "petty crime's" but also those who have committed serious crime's like murder only get short sentences eg a 12 year old got murdered and the man who killed her only got 38 years and yet didn't see anyone commenting on any of the article's about he should have got longer! Mmm how weird it seems that as a society in general we are more willing to accept that 38 years for murder is okay but if some one commits robbery a year inside is not long enough!! By the way I know there has been a lot of murder's but I used this one has it was probably the one most people would remember! AnnoyedWithSociety
  • Score: -6

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