Sunday 7am: Two youths have been convicted of being part of a plot which saw five Peterborough homes burgled in one night.
Billy Ray Simpson (20) of Moreland Court, Werrington and Shannon Slater (18) of Long Pasture, Peterborough, were both convicted of conspiracy to burgle at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.
The pair had denied the charge, but a jury of six men and six women found them guilty following a week long trial.
The pair had previously pleaded guilty to entering into an arrangement facilitating the acquisition, use of control of criminal property.
A third defendant, Tyler Smith (17) of Welbourne, Peterborough had pleaded not guilty to both the conspiracy and entering into the arrangement relating to criminal property. He was found not guilty of both charges.
The court was told two properties in Temple Grange, one in Fenbridge Road, on in Foxcovert Road and one in Westwood Park Road were all raided on the night of Saturday, August 23 last year.
During the raid jewellery, electronic items and cars were taken by the raiders as they looted the properties, emptying cupboards and wardrobes to find items.
The following day police attended Slater’s flat, and found a large amount of the stolen items.
Slater and Simpson said a man had knocked on their door in the middle of the night offering to sell them the items for £250.
The pair will now be sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on March 10.