Roofer pleads guilty to cross-border crimes

A 29-year-old Maidstone man pleaded guilty to a string of cross-border crimes when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (19 March).

Isaac Devell, of Owlets Close, admitted 11 charges following his crime spree in which he committed offences in Felbridge, Sussex and Kent.

In the early hours of Thursday, 19 November, Devell burgled the home of an 88-year-old man in London Road and then burgled his elderly neighbours, an 82-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife, demanding money.

Devell admitted committing six offences in Surrey including burglary, two counts of robbery, assault, taking a vehicle without consent and assaulting a police officer. He also admitted offences committed in Sussex and Kent.

Detective Inspector Mark Chapman, who led the investigation said: "Devell is an extremely aggressive offender who committed crimes against elderly people, in their own homes, while they were sleeping.

"I hope the communities in Felbridge, Sussex and Kent are reassured by the events at court last week and the knowledge that he is now behind bars.

"Surrey Police is committed to bringing offenders of crime to justice and violence of any kind simply will not be tolerated.

"During the investigation we worked closely with our colleagues in Sussex Police and Kent Police and were able to amass a wealth of evidence against Devell that when he was confronted with it at court he had no option but to admit his guilt.

"I would like to commend the excellent work of all officers involved in this investigating, and prosecutors who, by working together as a team, secured this conviction."

Devell has been remanded in custody until 30 April.







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