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Man jailed for stealing from disabled family member

News   •   Aug 19, 2019 12:44 BST

A man who stole from a disabled family member has been jailed for burglary.

Michael Carey, 30, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 14 months in prison at Guildford Crown Court on 12 August after he pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place in Ashtead last year.

Carey broke into a property on Brookers Close, Ashstead, sometime between 4 and 7 May 2018 and stole jewellery and a laptop.

Following a number of enquiries, Carey was arrested in Portsmouth a few days later and subsequently charged.

He was released on bail after his first court appearance but failed to appear at the following hearing.

He was eventually located in Brighton eight months later.

The victim wrote in an impact statement: “Although the laptop has since been recovered, I would like money back for the jewellery I have lost.

“These included my wedding and engagement rings, which are very sentimental and I doubt I will ever get them back which is heartbreaking.

“After discovering the burglary and discovering that it was Michael, who is a relative, I am completely disappointed and just cannot believe that he would do such a thing to me.

“I cannot believe that a member of my family would hurt me like this and take advantage in the way that he has. I have given him money before, even though I don't have a lot myself.”

PC Joseph Brown, who investigated the case, said: “My heart goes out to the victim who has not only suffered a financial loss but has lost jewellery with a huge sentimental value.

“The fact this was done by a family member they trusted makes Carey all the more callous.

“Although Carey tried to evade capture, we were determined to track him down and ensure he was brought to justice.”

Urging members of the public to contact us on 101 if they witnessed any suspicious behaviour in their area, such as people appearing to scout properties, PC Brown said: “The information you provide us will be used to help us build a picture of local activity and we will be able to better target our patrols as a result. In an emergency, always call 999.”

For advice on how to protect your home from burglary please visit our website: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/