A SUCCESSFUL burglar who attacked five houses in 24 hours has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Adam Prendergast was already serving a prison sentence for previous burglaries when it was discovered he was behind a string of burglaries since March this year.
The 33-year-old lurked in a black BMW for elderly people to leave their homes before smashing a window or glass door to steal valuables.
His burglary spree happened on March 29 at two houses in Hailsham and properties in Pevensey Bay, East Grinstead and Reigate, Surrey.
An investigation revealed that a black BMW with false license plates was present at one of the crime scenes.
Doorbell footage also showed a burglary in which a man, later identified as Prendergast, smashed through a window and entered the property.
The BMW was tracked with police cameras in both counties and tracked as it moved between all of the broken-in homes.
It was later discovered that Prendergast had used four different false plates on the same vehicle, including for March 30 burglaries in West Mercia, for which he is awaiting conviction.
After Prendergast was identified as the perpetrator of the Surrey and Sussex burglaries, he was charged with five counts of burglary and one fraudulent use of a license plate number.
Prendergast, who had no fixed address, subsequently pleaded guilty.
He appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 30 August and was sentenced to six years in prison.
PC Ciaran Gaymer said: “Adam Prendergast was a prolific, dedicated burglar who targeted innocent and vulnerable people throughout the South East.
“Burglary is a highly invasive crime that causes victims emotional and financial damage, violates their personal spaces, and steals sentimental and valuable possessions.
“This has been a complex investigation in conjunction with our Surrey Police colleagues who have brought a serial offender to justice.
“As police, we will continue to take all burglary reports very seriously. Please report any incident to the police online, on 101 or in an emergency on 999.”
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