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Prolific Bromley burglar, who tried to avoid arrest by hiding in a pond, jailed
A PROLIFIC burglar who tried to avoid arrest by hiding in a pond and covering himself in weeds has been jailed for two years.
Sammy Dixon, of Homestead Way, New Addington, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of theft of a motor vehicle at Croydon Crown Court.
A further eight counts of burglary were taken into consideration.
When officers executed a search warrant at his address on April 25, Dixon tried to hide but the 25-year-old’s efforts were foiled by a police dog.
He was retrieved from the pond, cold, wet and covered in weeds, and was arrested.
Bromley police's burglary target team, working with officers from Surrey Police, had linked Dixon to a series of burglaries across Bromley borough and Surrey, mainly in Biggin Hill, Downe, Keston and Warlingham.
The offences were committed between November last year and April this year.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Furphy from Bromley police, said "Dixon is a prolific offender and since his arrest there has been an 83 per cent reduction in burglary in the area.
"Thanks to the close liaison with our partners in Surrey Police, we were able to identify and link these series of burglaries and put a stop to them.
"Dixon's conviction for these offences is a clear warning to all burglars that we will do everything in our power to catch and convict them."
Dixon has previous convictions for 10 burglary offences.
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