Prolific Holloway thief jailed for smash and grabs

PUBLISHED: 13:47 17 January 2011

Blackfriars Crown Court

Blackfriars Crown Court


A PROLIFIC smash and grab thief behind a four-month crimewave targeting high value cars has been jailed for three years.

Martin Storey, 27, of Kiver Road, Upper Holloway, broke into 58 cars including Mercedes, BMWs and a vintage Jaguar to snatch handbags and computer equipment.

Among his victims were patients and staff including a BMW-driving doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

He burgled one woman’s home after raiding her car to swipe her house keys and using her Satnav to find her address.

Amy Bowles was shocked to discover the break-in after finding a note on her front door from a neighbour telling her “dog got out”.

Storey had dripped a trail of blood into the house from an injury he got when the car window shattered.

The scar-faced raider, who has a string of similar previous convictions, was snared after police matched a palm print he left on a VW Polo he broke into on August 30, to their crime database.

He had taken £700 worth of possessions from the car parked in East Heath carpark including clothes, an iPod, mobile phone and cash belonging to Fadi Adesina and Victoria Onabolu.

Philip Jones, prosecuting, told Blackfriars Crown Court that eleven cars were damaged in the same carpark.

He was arrested at his girlfriend’s flat on September 8, and went on to confess the other 57 thefts.

Among the break-ins were nine at the Royal Free during May, including a silver Mercedes and a Range Rover, and the doctor’s BMW.

On a single day, August 15, he returned to the same car park to target a Ford Focus, a VW Polo, an Audi TT, Renault, and an X-type Jaguar to make off with a Satnav and bags.

Storey admitted to charges of theft from one vehicle and asked for 57 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

He claimed his actions were drug fuelled and begged from the dock for “rehab”, but Judge Deva Pillay said: “What happens here is a pre-meditated ransacking of all the property in every single vehicle.

“The pattern of offending is so serious that frankly only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.

“I want to reflect the outrage which I suspect is felt by the public.”

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