September 2 2014 Latest news:
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Two professional burglars have been jailed after targeting hundreds of golfers at clubs across the country including Stoke-by-Nayland.
Daniel Lloyd, 43, of Keston, Bromley, and Joe McCaughey, 26, of New Addington, Croydon, received five and three years’ imprisonment respectively at Birmingham Crown Court.
The pair were found guilty of conspiracy to burgle following a three-week trial.
They were responsible for at least 36 separate burglaries in 17 counties some of which were caught on CCTV.
These included one at Stoke-by-Nayland golf club on November 17, 2009.
The pair came to the attention of the National Crime Agency following an investigation into a corrupt criminal defence lawyer who was sentenced last year for perverting the course of justice.
Lloyd was one of the lawyer’s close associates.
When officers searched Lloyd’s home they found evidence on his computer of internet searches for golf club thefts, locker security and lock picking. Further investigation revealed that Lloyd and McCaughey were the subjects of a wanted appeal by police which featured on BBC’s Crimewatch in 2010.
At the time police had asked for information on two men they believed had struck 60 times while clubhouses were open for business by posing as golfers and brazenly raiding lockers.
Lloyd and McCaughey stole equipment from hundreds of golfers which they disposed of in Britain and overseas.
Officers believe Lloyd funded his lifestyle by committing crime as there are no tax records to support his claim that he was a businessman involved in property and car deals. In addition to his luxury house, which is worth over £800,000, he drove high value vehicles including a Bentley and a Range Rover.
Although evidence relating to 36 golf clubs burglaries was used during the trial, officers believe Lloyd and McCaughey were responsible for many more and could have raided up to a 1,000 lockers and stolen equipment worth over £750,000.