A 35 year old man has been jailed after a series of burglaries in Tandridge earlier this year.
James McDonagh, of no fixed address was charged with three counts of burglary relating to separate offences in Tandridge in January, and two offences committed in the Metropolitan Police area.
The first burglary occurred in Stafford Road, Caterham on 10 January where a quantity of cash was stolen; on 22 January a house in Church Road, Lingfield was broken into and a WW1 medal was stolen along with a handbag, jewellery and cash and on 24 January a child’s piggy bank was stolen from a property in Station Road, Lingfield containing approximately £100 in coins.
McDonagh was linked to the first burglary through identification of a CCTV still image and linked to the second and third offences through a DNA match from blood found at the scene of the burglaries. A number of wanted appeals were issued to locate him and bring him in for questioning. He was eventually arrested on 18 March having been identified as wanted on the Police National Computer.
Detective Inspector Paul Gordon said: “McDonagh is a prolific burglar who caused no end of misery and heart ache to the victims at the beginning of the year. He stole a WW1 medal of huge sentimental value in one offence and a child’s piggy bank in another burglary.”
McDonagh was found guilty of five burglaries and will serve two years in prison.