Man jailed for £120k multi-vehicle arson and £10k burglary spree

PUBLISHED: 14:10 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:15 17 May 2019

James Phillips was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Monday.	Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

James Phillips was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Monday. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A 28-year-old man has been jailed following a spate of ‘high-value’ burglaries which spilled into North Somerset, and for causing a large vehicle fire in a police compound.

James Phillips was sentenced to six years and nine months after stealing clothes worth £10,000 and for starting a blaze which caused £120,000 in damage last year.

He admitted to carrying out burglaries in Barrow Gurney and Wales, with stolen items including an Audi RS sports car and a Yamaha CRF motorbike.

Phillips, of Keswick Walk in Bristol, pleaded guilty of three counts of burglary and one of arson - and was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on May 13.

He raided the clothes from the Mele shop, at The Mall in Clifton, in October last year.

Phillips used a car involved in a separate burglary from South Gloucestershire on the night in question.

The car was then recovered by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and taken to one of its recovery compounds in the district.

Shortly after it was confiscated, the vehicle was set alight in the police lock-up area, which quickly spread to other vehicles.

The blaze resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage, which the police say was a 'deliberate' attack to 'destroy evidence'.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Tim Mullins said: "There was a great deal of planning undertaken before these burglaries.

"The police believe the premises was deliberately targeted for high-value goods.

"The car at the recovery compound was set on fire deliberately in an attempt to destroy forensic evidence which would link offenders to the burglary series.

"The resulting fire caused significant damage and disruption at the compound.

"I welcome the custodial sentence given to Phillips which reflects the serious offences he's committed."

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