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Breaking Courts Crime Guildford Surrey

32 year-old man from Camberley sentenced to a total of six years in prison after a string of violent crimes in Surrey Heath

A 32 year-old man from Camberley was sentenced on Friday 3 July at Guildford Crown Court to a total of six years in prison following a string of violent crimes in the Surrey Heath area

Mark Danny Rausch of Saddleback Road was sentenced at a separate hearing to three other men who were sentenced for their part in the offences in January.

Rausch admitted aggravated vehicle taking, burglary, and two robbery offences. In addition to his total custodial sentence of six years he was further disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to pay costs of £180

Three other men were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday 28 January.

  • 24 year-old Reece Jordan Armstrong of no fixed address was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, burglary, and two robbery offences. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, and a 19 month driving disqualification.
  • 24 year-old Ashley George Steven Lawman of Highdown Lane in Sutton was charged with attempted robbery. He was sentenced to nine months in prison.
  • 21 year-old Tyler Lee Porter of Ash Street in Ash was charged with: attempted robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, burglary, two offences of robbery, and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to a nine-month suspended sentence, 250 hours unpaid work, six rehabilitation sessions, and is disqualified from driving for 12 months.

On Tuesday 25 June 2019, Armstrong, Porter, and Lawman assaulted a 28 year-old man on the Esso forecourt on Frimley Road in Camberley.

Overnight on Tuesday 9 July 2019, Armstrong, Porter, and Rausch broke into a house on Newlands Road in Camberley. They took car keys from inside and stole a Ford Ka and a VW Tiguan from the drive. The Ford was later found crashed and the VW was used that night in two knifepoint robberies. A 25 year-old man had money and his phone stolen in Bagshot. A further robbery took place on Hawley Lane in Farnborough where a man was knocked off his bicycle and assaulted by two men. The victim had his phone and wallet stolen and was stabbed in the thigh. He has since recovered from his injury. The collision with the bicycle caused damage to the VW and part of the front bumper was recovered at the scene.

The stolen silver VW Tiguan was then seen in the Camberley area by officers and the vehicle made off, it stopped on two occasions allowing the police vehicle to approach and on both occasions the VW was reversed into the police vehicle before making off. The VW was then found abandoned and Porter & Rausch were located a short time later and arrested.

Surrey Heath Borough Commander, Inspector Alick James said: “I would like to pay tribute to investigating officer Detective Constable Luke Rookwood for a thorough investigation that has resulted in these sentences. These individuals were responsible for a number of very serious and violent crimes. The hard work of the traffic officers that followed the VW, and subsequently the investigators, have prevented anyone else from being assaulted by these men.

“The Neighbourhood Policing Team takes all reports of crime very seriously, and this court result demonstrates the work that’s carried out with teams across the force, and in this case with Hampshire Constabulary, to secure justice for victims of crime.