Burglars behind Collier Row family’s £1.4m stolen gold scam jailed
PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 15 August 2017
Two burglars from Havering have been jailed for their part in an organised scam that saw a family melt down approximately £1.4m of stolen gold jewellery.
Brian Maltman, 55, his wife Kim, 56, and their 23-year-old son Daniel, all of Havering Road, Collier Row, were sentenced to a collective 20 years behind bars at Maidstone Crown Court earlier this month.
Officers discovered the family had been using both their Havering home and a jewellers they ran in central London to smelt down of stolen golden jewellery that had been snatched during burglaries all across southern England.
A jury convicted both Brian and Daniel of conspiracy to handle stolen goods and money laundering on August 4.
Kim was only found guilty of money laundering but was still jailed.
Further investigation by officers from both Kent and Essex Police identified three burglars that the family had contact with, and those three men were charged with various burglary offences in which stolen jewellery was then passed onto the Maltman family before it was melted down.
Nick Guidotti, 24, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey Island, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of burglary in April and May 2016.
He was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison.
Peter Lord, 24, of Wigton Road, Ardleigh Green, had already pleaded guilty to two burglaries in May 2016.
He was sentenced on the same day and received a five year sentence.
Lord was also sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for a number of unrelated burglary charges. This will be served concurrently so he will serve six years in jail in total.
Albie Kelly, 23, of New Road, Rainham, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and theft relating to offences on May 26 last year in two separate locations in Kent, as well as a burglary in Cameron Close, Brentwood, in which a Mini Cooper that was later used to help convict the Maltman family was stolen.
He is due to be sentenced on Thursday.