Gang film themselves on Snapchat joyriding in stolen vehicles after travelling from London to Pontins in East Sussex to burgle nine cars from homes during three-week crime spree
- The trio broke into homes across Kent and East Sussex over a three week period
- Footage, shot by the burglars, showed them driving in stolen vehicles
- Police caught the crooks after discovering a phone with suspicious videos
- Two men have been jailed for eight years with a third still to be sentenced
A gang of burglars filmed themselves on Snapchat joyriding in stolen vehicles after stealing £68,000 worth of vehicles across Kent and East Sussex over a three-week period.
The brazen trio posted videos onto the social media site showing them grinning and laughing as they sped along in car and on a motorbike with the hashtag ‘working’.
Harrison Walker, 20, George Paton, 21, and Jayden Jones-McGilvray, 21, broke into homes across the Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh, stealing car keys, bank cards and nine vehicles.
Social media footage, shot by the burglars themselves, showed Jones-McGilvray, who lives in Richmond, west London, tearing down a busy road on a stolen moped and waving at Paton and Walker who pass him in a van.
Police caught the crooks after discovering a phone with suspicious Snapchat videos of the gang members in one of the rooms of the Camber Sands holiday camp.
The thefts began last September 8 when a Peugeot van and BMW were taken after a house in Folkestone was raided overnight
The trio filmed themselves on Snapchat joyriding across Kent and East Sussex with the hashtag ‘working’
The thefts began last September 8 when a Peugeot van and BMW were taken after a house in Folkestone was raided overnight.
A Mini was burgled from a nearby street in similar circumstances the following evening.
Two days later a Daihatsu was stolen after a separate break-in in Folkestone.
In total, nine vehicles were stolen over a three week period including a Nissan, Audi and a Ford van.
An investigation led police to room 99 of Pontins Camber Sands Holiday Park where the three thieves had been staying.
The Ford van from the final burglary was found in Camber and police identified CCTV showing three men in the van.
Prosecutor Emma Smith told a court: ‘During the course of the search of that room bank cards belonging to a victim were found and other vehicle keys.
‘There was also a Samsung mobile phone, which had clearly been used by Mr Walker. The phone had images and Snapchat videos.
‘There was a short video showing Mr Paton in a vehicle pointing the camera at Mr Walker, the caption was ‘working’.’
In January this year, Walker was arrested when police tried to stop a Skoda being driven suspiciously in Folkestone.
Social media footage, shot by the burglars themselves, showed Jones-McGilvray (pictured), who lives in Richmond, west London, tearing down a busy road on a stolen moped
Nine vehicles were stolen over a three week period including a Nissan, Audi and a Ford van
The driver reversed at an unmarked police car, which had to swerve to avoid it, police said.
The occupants of the Skoda, which it later emerged had been stolen from south west London, tried to flee but Walker, who was driving, was caught.
The stolen vehicles worth from £500 to £10,000 were all recovered, apart from a Peugeot Partner taxi, the owner’s only means of making a living.
Police caught the crooks after discovering a phone with Snapchat videos of the gang members in one of the rooms of the Camber Sands holiday camp in East Sussex (pictured)
At Canterbury Crown Court, Walker and Jayden Jones-McGilvray were jailed for a total of eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal.
Jones-McGilvray was handed three years and 10 months custody, with Walker, of Wimbledon, south west London, imprisoned for four years and two months.
Walker was also sentenced for breaching a criminal behaviour order, dangerous driving, two lesser driving offences and two counts of handling stolen goods.
Paton will be sentenced later this month to take into account his further convictions – such as robbery, affray, theft and two counts of carrying a bladed weapon.
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