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Trio charged over string of burglaries at auctioneers

15 October 2012Written by ATG Reporter

Three men charged in connection with a series of burglaries involving auction houses in the South of England will appear at crown court in January.

Darryl Aldridge, 46, of New Barn Road, Shoreham by Sea, Anthony Townsend, 49, of Upper Lewes Road, Brighton, and Anthony Fortune, 54, of Park Road, Worthing, are due face trial at a crown court in Sussex, following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Unit of Sussex Police.

They appeared for a Plea and Case Management Hearing at Hove Crown Court on September 21 and a trial date of January 28, 2013 was set.

Aldridge is in custody, and Townsend and Fortune are on bail.

Aldridge is charged with 11 burglaries, including eight in Sussex, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and another theft.

Two of the burglaries took place at Gorringes in Lewes in May and June 2011, when various antiques were taken. Two took place at Toovey's in Washington, in May and October 2011, and one was at Denhams in Warnham in July 2011.

Three were house burglaries this year in which valuable antique items were also stolen. One of those was in Pratton Avenue, Lancing, on  March 28, one was in Maldon Road, Brighton, on June 4, and one was in Derek Avenue, Hove, on June 7. He is also charged with burglary at Concord in Cranbrook, Kent, in June 2011, burglary at Stroud Auctions, in Gloucestershire in October 2011, and one at JS Auctions in Banbury, Oxfordshire in July 2011.

He is also charged with theft at Toovey's in October 2011, possession of cannabis and amphetamine, and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the burglary in Stroud.

Townsend has been charged with the burglary at Stroud Auctions.

Fortune has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the Stroud burglary.

Items stolen included antique clocks, jewellery, vases, figurines, and furniture, with an estimated value of £142,000. Property with an estimated value of £72,000 has been recovered so far.

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