Man jailed for robbery in Fareham area

A MAN has been jailed for four years and six months after admitting robbery and conspiracy to burgle in a number of incidents across Portsmouth, Fareham and Waterlooville.

   Luke MacDonald, 19, of High Down Lane, Surrey, was sentenced on Friday, May 7, for one count of conspiracy to burgle in connection with eight incidents and two counts of attempted robbery.

   His co-defendants in the conspiracy to burgle charge, Harlie Frampton, 19, of Wymering Lane, Cosham; and Rhys Conner, 19, of Bevis Road, Portsmouth, were sentenced to three years and four months and three years and 10 months in prison respectively.

   The conspiracy to burgle charge relates to the following incidents:

Between 10.30pm on February 17 and 6.45am on February 18 2019, entry was gained to an address on Colville Road, Portsmouth, and a number of electricals, a wallet and a handbag were stolen. Two sets of car keys were also taken from the house and two cars subsequently stolen.

On April 30, 2019, entry was gained to a property on Hawthorn Crescent, Portsmouth, between midnight and 3.40am and two sets of car keys were taken. Two vehicles parked outside the address were subsequently stolen.

On August 19, 2019, entry was gained to a property on Central Road, Portsmouth, between 2am and 7am and car keys taken. A vehicle was subsequently stolen from a driveway.

On August 28, 2019, entry was gained to an address on Neville Avenue, Fareham, between 12.30am and 4.30am. Keys were taken and used to steal two cars parked on a driveway.

On August 31, 2019, at approximately 3am, a mobile phone and car keys were taken from an address on Childe Square, Portsmouth, and a car was taken from outside the address.

Between midnight and 5.30am on September 16, 2019, car keys were taken from an address on Finch Road, Portsmouth and used to steal a car parked outside the address.

Between 9.30pm on September 22, and 2.35am on September 23, 2019, entry was gained to an address on Campion Close, Waterlooville, and electricals, a mobile phone, car keys and a handbag were stolen. The keys were then used to steal two vehicles from outside of the address.
In the early hours of September 23, 2019, a handbag, purse, wallet and car key were taken from an address on Central Road, Portsmouth.

   MacDonald was also sentenced for a further attempted dwelling burglary which took place at an address in Campbell Road, Portsmouth, on September 20, 2020.

   No-one was injured in any of the incidents.

   In addition, MacDonald was also sentenced for attempted robbery and causing actual bodily harm in connection with an incident that took place on August 26, 2020.

   The court heard how MacDonald had attacked a cyclist, a man in his 40s, causing him minor injuries which required hospital treatment. He then attempted to steal his bike.

   DS Deborah Mason, from the eastern Operation Hawk team, said: “We are very pleased that this prolific burglar and his co-defendants are being held accountable for their crimes and would like to thank all of those involved in the investigation that brought them to justice.

   “Residential burglaries such as these are despicable crimes and the distress caused to victims is immeasurable.

   “I welcome this sentence and I hope it reassures our communities that we take these offences very seriously and investigate all available lines of enquiry to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”