A team of prolific burglars which targeted a children’s nursery and swiped cash, mobile phones and laptops have been jailed for more than six years in total.
Gary Salmon, 53, of Palmer House, Croydon, Robert Williamson, 36, of no fixed address, and Jean-Yves McIntosh, 28, also of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary at Inner London Crown Court yesterday.
Salmon and Williamson were each sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment, McIntosh was jailed for two years for the nursery break-in and other offences.
The court heard that in the early hours of January 31, McIntosh, Salmon and Williamson smashed their way into a nursery through the rear glass patio doors in Buckleigh Road, Streatham.
They ransacked the premises and stole cash and electrical devices including laptops and mobile phones.
Croydon officers led the investigation and were able to identify the three suspects from CCTV footage from the nursery.
McIntosh was arrested and charged with five counts of burglary on March 17 after being caught committing a series of shed break-ins in Gilsland Road and Cassland Road, Thornton Heath.
Salmon was arrested and charged on March 18 with burglary, while Williamson was arrested and charged on March 21 with burglary.
Detective Constable Simon Nicholls, from Croydon Forensic Conversion Team, said: “Salmon, Williamson and McIntosh are a prolific burglary team and menaces to society.
“Croydon and Lambeth boroughs will be a safer place now these burglars are behind bars.
“I am pleased with the length of their sentences and hope it will provide some comfort to their victims.”
Picture courtesy of Ray Forster, with thanks