04:25AM, Wednesday 19 March 2014
A man from Reading has been sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to burgle and possession of counterfeit currency.
Lewis Jury, 21, of Lower Field Road, admitted the offences on the first day of the trial and was sentenced on Friday at Reading Crown Court.
Jury is the last defendant to be sentenced as part of Operation Eider, which investigated a gang who committed more than 45 burglaries of homes and businesses.
Most of the burglaries took place between May 31 2012 and July 17 2012.
The gang is described as being “forensically and phone aware”, as they wore latex gloves and smaller-sized shoes when burgling properties to avoid being forensically linked to the crime scenes.
They also turned off their phones when committing crimes to avoid being traced.
The gang was caught after a stolen BMW they were driving crashed into the back of a M&S lorry.
Christopher Wince, 23, of Talbot Way in Tilehurst, was driving the car when it crashed and fled the scene with a broken wrist.
Mobile phone data showed Wince called Jury seven minutes after the crash and that Jury also contacted Wince from the crash site within an hour.
This linked Jury to the conspiracy.
DC Maggie Bruce from Reading police station said 'a very conservative estimate' of the damage and stolen property was put at £165,000 for the offences the gang were charged with.
She added that it is believed to be nearer £300,000 for the whole 45 burglaries.
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