A prolific burglar from Birmingham has been sentenced to five years in prison after he was found guilty of committing three burglaries in Winchcombe and Brockworth.

Martin Payne, 37 and of Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury, was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court for residential break-ins that took place between April and May 2017.

Leanne Hadley, 39 and of Edinburgh Road, Oldbury, was sentenced to a community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement after handling stolen goods from the burglaries in Brockworth.

Payne was also sentenced for driving whilst disqualified between Tewkesbury and Birmingham.

The first burglary took place at a house in The Finches in Greet on Saturday 8 April and saw Payne gain entry to the property by smashing the back door. Once inside he conducted a tidy search and left the premises with various items of jewellery.

During a burglary in Court Road, Brockworth on Wednesday 17 May, Payne smashed the glass conservatory doors of the house before entering and stealing a PS4 console, eight games, jewellery, a Samsung TV remote, a bottle of Jameson whisky and a quantity of cash.

The final burglary, which happened between Wednesday 17 May and Sunday 21 May, saw Payne smash the rear facing French doors of a property in Nightjar Road in Brockworth before stealing jewellery from a bedroom.

Payne was already wanted by the police after a DNA test matched him to the burglary in Winchcombe and after breaking in to the two houses in Brockworth, Payne and Hadley were detained in a car at Strensham Services whilst making their way back to Birmingham.

A vehicle search was conducted and officers found woollen gloves containing the jewellery stolen from the two properties in Brockworth behind the car stereo.

Officer in charge of the case Sergeant Chris Barnes said: “I am pleased with the sentences handed down today. Payne is a prolific criminal well known to the West Midlands area but who had a significant impact in our county.

“Payne smashed his way into two houses, and stole items that were of a high sentimental value to the victims, it was only through the good work of officers from Tewkesbury Local Policing Area, Tri-Force and Central Motorway Police Group, that Payne and Hadley were brought to justice and some of the stolen items were recovered.”

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