Professional “house” burglar in London jailed

A burglar who committed over 60 crimes has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court.

Trevor Spence has been sentenced to seven years and 10 months imprisonment

Trevor Spence, 51, of Durham Street, SE11 was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on 8th May 2014 after he was charged with 62 residential burglaries following an investigation by Lambeth Burglary Proactive Squad.

Officers launched Operation Kasserine following intelligence received; they took in excess of 200 witnesses statements and recovered over £100,000 worth of stolen expensive and sentimental jewellery from pawnbrokers.

On 30th January 2013 Spence attended a pawnbroker in Streatham with a substantial amount of stolen property. Officers arrested Spence and took him to a South London police station, where he was charged with 62 counts of residential burglary and remanded in custody.

Officers’ uncovered Spence would use public transport across London to identify potential targets. He burgled homes in Lambeth, Richmond, Chiswick and Southwark taking a preference to high value electrical equipment and gold jewellery. He would then take the stolen goods to pawnbrokers and second hand shops in Lambeth, Southwark and Camden to support a lavish lifestyle of gambling at casinos and frequenting strip clubs.

Spence pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary dwelling and one count of handling stolen goods at a hearing on 14th April 2014 at Inner London Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Jaimie Dick, said: “The Metropolitan police take the offence of burglary very seriously. The commitment and dedication by the officer in the case DC Rossi and the other officers involved in this investigation led to the arrest, charge and conviction of Mr Spence who was a prolific offender. Mr Spence will not be blighting London’s communities with his criminal activities for years to come.”