A 49 year-old man from Woking has been jailed for four years at Guildford Crown Court after admitting a burglary during which he stole a Porsche 911.
Paul Edward Brabin of Meadway Drive appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday 19 September and plead guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, and handling stolen goods. He received a total of six years in prison, reduced to four with an early guilty plea. He was also banned from driving for three years.
On Saturday 17 August 2019 Brabin broke into a home on Ridgeway in Horsell, Woking. He stole £25,000 of watches, electronics, jewellery, and the keys to the Porsche 911 while the owner was on holiday.
At 3:16am Surrey Police received a call from a member of the public reporting that the Porsche had driven through the roundabout on Hermitage Road causing damage to a pillar and a lamppost. It was later found abandoned with extensive damage, but locked and secure at Goldsworth Park. Subsequent enquiries showed Brabin carrying out the burglary on CCTV footage and linked him to handling stolen goods in relation to another burglary.
Detective Sergeant Lee Marks said: “I hope this sentence provides the victims of these burglaries with some comfort to help them to move on with their lives in the knowledge that Brabin has been given a custodial sentence.
“I’d urge people to think about their home security, especially as the nights draw in. You can find crime prevention advice on our website, but I’d highlight to people that items like car keys shouldn’t be left near to doors or windows where they can easily be seen or obtained by burglars”.
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