Prolific burglar jailed after stealing jewellery worth thousands in Crawley


A “career criminal” has been jailed for five years after he admitted 104 burglaries.

Anthony Murray, 31, of Croydon, was sentenced on Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (August 26).

A spokesman for Surrey Police said Murray had pleaded to two counts of burglary and asked for a further 102 dating back to March 2010 to be taken into consideration.

He stole nearly £700,000 worth of goods across Surrey and Sussex.

He was arrested after he was caught stealing jewellery worth thousands of pounds from a farm in Worth on April 10.

CCTV footage showed him entering the property.

Officers discovered a “large haul” of stolen property at his address.

He was charged with the burglary and another burglary which happened in Coulsdon, Surrey, on April 2013.

Detective Sergeant Lee Hazell said: “Anthony Murray is a career criminal who we are pleased to see off the streets given his high level of offending in and around our county.

“The sentence handed to him reflects just how serious an impact his crime spree had on his victims who lost nearly £700,000 worth of goods as a result.

“It is all the more pleasing as we have been able to return some of the stolen items to their rightful owners.”

Officers reunited 30 burglary victims with their property at Caterham Police Station this month.

A woman reclaimed a pair of earrings given to her by her grandmother on her 16th birthday.