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Two men responsible for Oxted burglaries have been sentenced


Two Chilean men who were part of a ‘tourist burglary cell’, have been sentenced to spend Christmas in prison after an inconspicuous Vauxhall Astra led to their criminal enterprise falling apart.

The two men were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on 6 December and received:

  • Luis Contreras Tuninetti, born 24/01/1984, was sentenced to 3 years for 4 counts of residential burglary after pleading guilty
  • Julio Duran Tuninetti, born on 15/07/1977, was sentenced to 1 years and 4 months for 1 count of residential burglary after pleading guilty
  • Tuninetti and Tuninetti were initially arrested on the M25 on 2 August 2023 after officers spotted them in a vehicle that had been flagged as being in the vicinity of a number of east Surrey burglaries.

    The car, a silver Vauxhall Astra, had been flagged as a potential ‘mission vehicle’ and was crucial in linking the two men to their crimes. Following their arrest, addresses linked to the men were also searched, leading to stolen jewellery and watches being uncovered. Items including two walkie talkies, cash in assorted currencies and multiple bottles of perfume were also found at the addresses.

    The Surrey burglary offences relate to two residential burglaries in Oxted and one in Coulsdon.

    The successful prosecution of the two men was brought around by a thorough and complex investigation carried out by our officers who used intel, CCTV, ANPR and forensics to build a complete picture of their criminal activities and bring them to justice.

    Investigating Officer, DC McBain, said; “Burglary has a devastating impact on victims, leaving them feeling unsafe in their own homes. Burglars feel entitled to things that are not theirs to take, and if you want to come to Surrey to commit burglaries, we will pursue you and do all we can to put you behind bars.”

    In conjunction with our 'Autumn Nights' burglary campaign, we are asking that if you spot any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, to make sure you report it via our suspicious activity portal.


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