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Thief returns to steal family’s second car while they’re on the phone reporting first to police

A “prolific” and “brazen” burglar was sent to jail after stealing a family’s car while they were out – before returning to take their second car when they reported the theft.

After being charged, Tristram Spencer broke into at least one other property and again went back to steal his victim’s car when the victim called police to report a burglary.

The 35-year-old career criminal now faces a seven-year prison sentence.

Police began investigating Spencer in January last year after reports of a break-in at a house in Banstead, Surrey.

The victims returned home to find their Jaguar XFR had been stolen from the driveway and the rear patio doors of their home had been smashed in with multiple objects.

During the phone call to the police, the car in which the victims had returned home was also stolen.

An initial search for both stolen vehicles was conducted but neither could be found.

During their investigation, police officers found video surveillance of the suspect, who returned after the initial break-in to steal the second vehicle.

Spencer was arrested on February 1, 2021 on suspicion of burglary, auto theft and driving offenses.

He was released on bail and later charged with those offenses in August 2021.

During a phone conversation with the police, the victim saw BMW being driven away

On February 16, 2022, while awaiting trial, police again came to the attention of police following a burglary in Fetcham, Surrey.

The victim had returned to his home to find that the back patio doors of his property had been smashed and several items taken.

While on the phone with police, the victim saw his BMW being pulled away from his driveway.

However, he had attached a tracker tag to the stolen car keys, giving police a live location and allowing officers to see that the vehicle had come to a stop at an address in Beckenham, south-east London.

When officers attended the address, Spencer was seen at the property and matched the description of the suspect given by witnesses.

After his arrest, he said to the officers, “Do you want to take your car back?”

He was jailed at Guildford Crown Court after admitting to multiple offences.

Spencer would boldly return to steal “out of their noses.”

Surrey Police Investigator PC Joseph Brown said: “Spencer had no remorse for his victims.

“Having just wreaked havoc in the victims’ homes, he brazenly returned while the victims reported these crimes in order to steal what can only be described as their last financial asset under their noses.

“He would make the trip to Surrey and Berkshire, targeting real estate, breaking into people’s homes and taking anything of value he could get his hands on.

“After the courts initially gave him an opportunity to review the crimes he committed at Banstead, he showed utter disregard for the justice system and the victim by continuing to insult.

“This has been a thorough investigation which has resulted in a substantial penalty, meaning a prolific burglar has disappeared from the street.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues and particularly members of the public who have come forward to provide us with vital information and video surveillance which has proved crucial in this case and left Spencer no choice but to to plead guilty to his crimes.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/19/thief-returns-steal-familys-second-car-phone-reporting-first/ Thief returns to steal family’s second car while they’re on the phone reporting first to police

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