A 36-year-old man from north London was sentenced to eight years in prison at court last week for stealing more than £800,000 worth of jewellery and designer watches from properties in Surrey, Essex and London.
William Flynn, of Kennard Road, pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, 2 January to charges relating to theft from numerous properties, including addresses in St. George’s Hill, Weybridge and the Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water between 29 and 30 July, 2013. Designer watches, rings, a designer alarm clock and a quantity of cash were among the items stolen.
Flynn admitted a total of 16 burglaries in Surrey and a further four in Essex and four in London. He also had a further 14 burglary offences committed in the Metropolitan Police area taken into consideration.
In each case Flynn posed as a wealthy Russian businessman with a heavy Russian sounding accent and often claimed he was looking for a property for his teenage daughter.
During the course of their enquiries Surrey detectives investigating the crimes found links to similar offences which had taken place in Essex and parts of London.
Flynn was arrested on 26 August 2013 whilst driving his Range Rover in Essex and was remanded in custody.
Detective Superintendent John Boshier, said: “William Flynn was a prolific offender who targeted people in wealthy properties wishing to sell their homes. It is good to see that he has received a custodial sentence that reflects the severity of his actions.
“The outcome of this case also highlights the excellent joint working practices with neighbouring forces to collate vital information and evidence necessary to convict guilty suspects.
“The fact that Flynn has received an eight year imprisonment sentence reinforces the message that such criminal activity will not be tolerated in Surrey and all means and resources will be used to bring criminals to justice.”