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'Career criminal' Adam Yaroo jailed over Surrey raids

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Image caption Police released CCTV of one of the raids

A burglar who absconded from prison and carried out a series of raids in Surrey while he was on the run has been jailed for six years at Guildford Crown Court.

Adam Yaroo, 28, who absconded from HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire in June, pleaded guilty to four burglaries and two attempted burglaries.

Those raids all took place in Surrey in July and August.

In one burglary in Tadworth, the "career criminal" stole jewellery worth £18,000, police said after the hearing.

Chisel and hammer

Yaroo asked the court for a further 36 offences, which took place in Derbyshire, Kent, London, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex between 2012 and 2014, to be considered.

He also admitted a charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Police said they arrested Yaroo in London last month, when they found him getting out of a van in which they discovered a rucksack containing a chisel, gloves, and an emergency window-breaking hammer.

Det Con Anna Patterson said his DNA was found on a cigarette butt outside one of the burgled properties and on a screwdriver left at the site of another raid.

She said Yaroo was a brazen burglar who carried out offences in broad daylight and was wanted by numerous police forces.

He was originally convicted for burglary in 2012 and sentenced to four years in prison.

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