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Video shows moment prolific burglar arrested after victims ‘completely violated’

Police photo of Christopher Potter, 36, from Epsom

Police photo of Christopher Potter, 36, from Epsom -Credit:Surrey Police

A burglar who left victims “shaking” and feeling “completely violated” has now been put behind bars after breaking into homes and nabbing high-value items across Surrey.

Christopher Potter, 35, from Epsom, raided eight homes and stole thousands of pounds worth of prized possessions in a string of break-ins across Leatherhead and Epsom between December 2023 and March 2024.

In impact statements read to the court, victims described feeling ‘completely violated’ after finding out their homes had been broken into. One said: “With no idea if the perpetrator was still in my home, whether they were nearby or had been gone for hours… I did not know how to react and the fear that it caused, literally left me shaking and feeling completely powerless.”

He was caught by Surrey Police via forensics and a pattern of break-in behaviours. Officers trawled CCTV from the shops where stolen cards were used and visited pawn shops where attempts to sell stolen items for cash had been made. Potter was arrested on 6, March as he exited a taxi which was being followed by officers on its way through Leatherhead, which was caught on camera.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars for his crimes today (April 17) at Guildford Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to breaking into eight homes and stealing thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, watches and electronics as well as three counts of fraud by using stolen bank cards.

Another of his victims said the items stolen were not even of great monetary value but were hugely sentimental having once belonged to family members who had now passed away. They described them as “items that can never be replaced, memories that have now been tarnished by a person who had not been invited into our house.” Many of the items taken from the burglaries have now been recovered and, wherever possible, reunited with their owners.

PC Joseph Brown, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Burglary isn’t just about stealing money or goods from people, it takes from them the sense of safety and security they should feel in their own homes. I hope the victims in this case can move forward safe in the knowledge this offender has been caught.

“Potter committed multiple crimes in the space of just a few months and I have no doubt would have continued doing so targeting many more people in our communities had we not been able to build such a strong case against him and get him behind bars.”

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