Burglar who targeted Solihull homes sent to young offenders institute after being tracked down to seaside campsite

A burglar who targeted homes in Solihull has been sent to a young offenders institute after police tracked him down at a seaside campsite hiding place.

Lewis Tilley

Lewis Tilley

Lewis Tilley was wanted in connection with three raids, including one at a family home in Dorridge on April 22nd where a computer and sentimental jewellery was stolen.

Detectives identified the 19-year-old after a mobile phone was dropped in a garden after a break-in at a property on Rashwood Close in Hockley Heath on March 10th.

Tilley managed to evade capture until intelligence suggested he was lying low at a campsite in Brean. He was arrested after a car he was in was tracked heading north from the Somerset holiday spot on the M5.

He admitted burglary, attempted burglary and car theft at Birmingham Crown Court and was sent to a youth offenders institute for three years.

Detective Constable Kate Fitzgerald, said: “Tilley is still a teenager but has a string of burglary offences to his name – he has broken into properties in the middle of the night and also struck at family homes.

“It seems he doesn’t care who he hurts or what psychological damage he inflicts on victims. One woman awoke to find him rooting through her home – and it’s lucky children were not home when he struck at the family address.

“Tilley thought he could avoid capture at a campsite in Somerset but we found him and he’s now swapped a beautiful seaside spot for a youth offenders institute.”

Tilley also struck at a house in Coventry Road, Solihull, on April 28th having kicked open a wooden front door, but made off after being disturbed by a neighbour.

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