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Man jailed after stealing ‘high powered’ car keys and destroying them Bath City News

A 22-year-old man broke into homes in the middle of the night and stole luxury car keys. Anthony Rodriguez-Taylor, of Sea Mills, was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison at Bristol Crown Court today (May 26).

The court heard how Rodriguez-Taylor committed a number of car key break-ins in rural Somerset. He was described as a ‘key member’ of a group of offenders who took part in the burglaries in the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire force areas.

It targeted high-powered cars such as Volkswagen Golf Rs and Audi S Lines that were parked outside addresses on the road or drives. The group would then break into homes in the middle of the night, often while the victims were sleeping, and steal car keys and, on occasion, cash and other personal effects such as handbags. hand.

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The cars were often badly damaged. Violators tore out internal rooms containing tracking equipment, before being found abandoned in the South Bristol area.

Rodriguez-Taylor was charged with and pleaded guilty to the following crimes:

Burglary in Barton St David on Monday November 8, 2021 where he broke into a house in the middle of the night and stole two handbags. Burglary in Abbots Leigh on Sunday 30th January 2022 where Rodriguez-Taylor and a second man used a long handled tool to break down the front door and steal money. Attempted burglary in Abbots Leigh on Saturday February 12, 2022 in which Rodriguez-Taylor, along with three other suspects, climbed the wall of a victim’s house and spent an hour trying to gain access to the house, damaging the property. Home burglary and vehicle theft in Abbots Leigh on Saturday February 12, 2022. The victims were away when Rodriguez-Taylor gained access to a property and stole a Mini Cooper S. The Mini was then used to crash into a garage residential in Brislington and a plastic tub was stolen.

He also asked for 27 additional offenses to be considered. These offenses included the theft of several cars, including an Audi TT, an Audi S5, a Volkswagen Golf R, a VW Golf R, an Audi Q7 and a BMW. Videos showing the stolen vehicles being driven quickly have been uploaded to TikTok.

Lead Investigating Officer, PC Jim Card, of the Burglary Focus Team on Operation Remedy, said: ‘A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into this investigation over several months. This is a great result for the team and justice for the victims who not only had their property stolen, but also had their homes broken into and their privacy violated.

“An investigation to identify other offenders is still ongoing, but it appears Rodriguez-Taylor was a key member of the gang as, after being remanded in February 2022, offending has slowed significantly.”

Rodriguez-Taylor was also banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pass an extended driving test. He also had £1,147.50 in available assets forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-26 16:32:43

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