A Camber man was convicted along with six others for a series of crimes as part of a plan to carry out a number of high-value burglaries across the south coast.
James Poole, 22, of Baker Way, was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail at Southampton Crown Court for his part in the gang’s £220,000 crime spree.
Jewellers in Eastbourne and Hastings were targeted by the group as well as stores in West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire during a 10-week period between October and December, 2014.
Southampton district commander Superintendent Alison Heydari said after the sentencing: “Commercial burglaries affect us all. Not only can the owners and staff of the business and their livelihoods be badly affected but it can also lead to price rises for us all. It is not victimless.
“Criminals obey no boundaries and we want people to stay alert to these sorts of crimes. As has been shown in this case, even seemingly less serious offences, such as number plates being stolen, can be part of something much bigger.
“We would urge people to phone us whenever they see or hear anything suspicious.
“Working together we can continue to prevent and solve more crime.”
The other six to be convicted are: Fardeen Hamidy, 22, of Peartree Avenue, Southampton, was sentenced to four years and eight months in jail.
Jamie William Bellows, 26, of Chafen Road, Southampton, was sentenced to three and a half years for his part in the conspiracy.
Matthew Lang, 27, of George Raymond Road, Eastleigh, was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
David Anthony Brown, 29, of Romsey Road, Winchester, was sentenced to two years.
Jamil Farooq, 24, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to eight months suspended for two years with 180 hours unpaid work.
And Jamie Jeneway, 23, of Priory Road, Southampton, was given a two year suspended sentence with 240 hours unpaid work.
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