A ‘prolific’ Croydon burglar who went on a brazen spending spree with bank cards stolen from his victims has been jailed. Lloyd Ernest Edwards, of Cherry Down Road, Croydon, was sentenced to two years and five months after pleading guilty to multiple burglary offences.
His crimes were first reported to Surrey Police in October last year when the Carrington School in Redhill was burgled. The school’s staff reported to police that its canteen was broken into with a wallet and mobile phone stolen.
Edwards was caught by CCTV cycling away from the school before being caught on camera again using two stolen bank cards in local shops. His burglary spree continued four days later on October 29 when a home in Keats Avenue, also in Redhill reported a burglary.
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The court heard how the victim was at home and approached by Edwards who had been loitering around the house before he snatched her handbag containing bank cards and lottery tickets at the time. 35-year-old Edwards was then caught on CCTV again spending money using the cards at local shops including at JD Sports.
Edwards was identified by an officer and was arrested a few days later wearing the same clothing he was seen in on the CCTV footage. The same lottery tickets stolen from the second victim were also found in his possession further linking him to the burglary.
He pleaded guilty to Residential Burglary, Non-Residential Burglary and five counts of Fraud by False Representation. He appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Monday, April 4 where he was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment.
Following the sentencing PC Joseph Brown, from Surrey Police’s Local Proactive Unit said “Edwards was a prolific burglar who went out of his way to target residential and non-residential premises to steal from the public.
“Not only was he brazen enough to steal from one victim in their workplace and the other in their home, but he went on a spending spree with their bank cards. We were committed to bringing Edwards to justice and seeing him convicted and sentenced. We appreciate that for people in Surrey, burglary is concerning and affects victims who have to pick up the pieces.”
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