Portland man one of three people jailed for crime spree

Portland man one of three people jailed for crime spree

Published by Mike Draper at 7:08am 14th September 2019. (Updated at 7:55am 14th September 2019)

An incredible 88 offences were recorded between the trio from Dorset and Hampshire.

Denzel Fewings, who's 19 years old and from The Grove on Portland, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday (11 September) after pleading guilty to numerous offences at an earlier hearing.

He admitted being part of a trio that committed several overnight crimes earlier this year, stealing valuables from cars.

The other men involved were 22 year old Marc Masterton from Montgomerie Road in Southsea and Scott Gaffney, who is 20, and from Milton Road in Southsea.

WHAT DID THEY DO?

Surrey Police were first alerted to the activities of these three men after they received numerous reports from residents in Cranleigh, whose cars had been targeted by the trio over a single night. The three men continued targeting cars in other areas of Waverley, travelling into Surrey from their home addresses in Dorset and Hampshire and stealing valuables which had been left in the vehicles overnight.

Police managed to identify and arrest the suspects and put them before the courts in May, where they were charged with 88 offences between them.

Due to the severity of the cumulative effect of crimes committed, the matter was referred to Crown Court.

MEN ARE JAILED

Fewings pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles and conspiracy to commit fraud and was sentenced to 10 months in a Young Offenders Institute.

Masterton and Gaffney pleaded guilty to three charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles and conspiracy to commit fraud and were sentenced to 37 months’ and 30 months’ imprisonment respectively.

Inspector Gary Smith from Surrey Police said:

"The sentences imposed on the offenders today demonstrates the seriousness that the police and courts place on the behaviour of people who wreak havoc in local communities and cause considerable inconvenience to those who were targeted."

"The teams involved in bringing these three men to justice have worked hard to identify them and to follow positive leads in order to place them before the court."

"It also demonstrates the importance of the public reporting matters to the police – in some cases, insecure vehicles were entered and nothing was taken and some residents were unsure whether to report this or not. However, reporting any unusual, suspicious behaviour or activity assists us in building up an extensive picture of illegal activity and ensures that officers have all the information available when investigating offences."