A Bellingham burglar who targeted a number of high-end homes across Surrey has been jailed for five years.

Robert Andrew Kane, 27, hit a number of homes in Oxshott, Dorking and Betchworth where he stole jewellery, silverware and watches.

Officers investigating the scenes of the crimes found some DNA and using that were able to trace it back to someone they had on file already.

That person was Kane, of Firhill Road, who police were able link from a stolen transit van they had recovered after a high speed chase in south London on July 5 last year.

Kane initially pleaded guilty to only two of the five offences, but after a week-long trial at Guildford Crown Court the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts to the other three burglaries.

He was sentenced on February 19 at the same court to five years behind bars.

DC Phil Carter who led the investigation said: “This was a complex investigation that utilised mobile phone mapping, analytical work of mobile usage and DNA evidence to assist us in proving Kane’s whereabouts at the times the burglaries were committed.

“I would like to thank the jury for their diligence throughout the trial and welcome the sentence passed by HH Judge Carter-Manning.”