Gang which netted nearly £1million from over 100 burglaries to repay just £1 each

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Three members of a gang responsible for more than 100 burglaries across six counties have been ordered to hand over just £1 each by a judge.

Specialist financial investigators have failed to identify any assets or cash belonging to the men who helped raid homes across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, and Norfolk.

The burglaries netted the gang an estimated £970,000 worth of property.

At Ipswich Crown Court where in June the five-strong gang were jailed, details of what three had obtained from their crimes were detailed at a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

Robert Butler, 31, of Lilliput Road, Romford had gained £201,000; Kyle Shillingford, 27, of no fixed address £115,527 and Joseph Mahon, 20, of Fanshawe Road, Cambridge £30,669.

After being told that none had any available assets, Judge John Devaux ordered that each should pay a nominal £1.

Hearings for Luke Wall, 24, and his partner Teresa Connors, 21, both of Leicester Road, Tilbury, Essex were adjourned to obtain further information.

In total the gang raided 102 homes, causing extensive damage and at some causing deliberate damage by blocking sinks and leaving taps turned on.