Boyfriend and girlfriend burglary couple jailed for 40 break-ins across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Essex
PUBLISHED: 11:42 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 21 August 2017
A woman, who left a “trail of destruction” across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Essex, burgling more than 40 houses with her accomplice boyfriend, has been jailed.
Lindsay Hilden, 37, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Basildon Crown Court on Friday for conspiracy to burgle and burglary.
Her boyfriend and accomplice Pete Flowers, 43, also homeless, had already been jailed three weeks earlier for these crimes and a raft of other offences.
During the last festive period – between December 13, 2016, and February 1, 2017 – police received reports of burglaries across nine locations, including Ilford, Romford, Chadwell Heath, Rainham and parts of Essex.
Officers found at least 40 were linked to Hilden and Flowers, leaving behind more than 60 victims.
The criminal couple were connected with 21 burglaries reported between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, six of which occurred in just one morning.
The brazen burglars would sometimes even wake their victims by turning on the house lights, or being heard chatting and even laughing.
The pair were arrested by officers close to the scene of a burglary in Coombewood Drive, Chadwell Heath, in the early hours of February 1.
Flowers was already wanted by police for failing to appear on police bail for driving offences, possession of a knife and possession of cocaine.
On August 4 at the same court he was jailed for six years for burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and the other charges.
Speaking after Hilden’s sentencing on Friday Pc Michael Brimfield, of Essex Police, said she showed “no remorse”.
He explained: “Today’s sentence marks the end of a complex investigation that involved 40 investigations involving over 60 victims who suffered at the hands of two prolific burglars.
“Hilden, like Flowers, has shown no remorse for her actions throughout this case.
“They left a trial of destruction as they carried out a large number of burglaries over a short period of time, most of which occurred during the festive period.
“As this case comes to its conclusion, I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved with this case. I hope both sentences offer some justice to their victims.”
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