Burglars who stole from football coach jailed for 10 years
Published 22/02/2014 | 15:29
Two men who stole from the home of Swansea City's head coach during a crime spree of more than 30 burglaries have been jailed for a total of 10 years.
Ben Llewellyn, 28, and James Green, 34, appeared at Swansea Crown Court to be sentenced for committing house burglaries across Swansea and Neath, Wales.
Detectives initially arrested the pair for a burglary in Alltwen, when they disturbed a woman while targeting her home.
The pair were then linked to the burglary of the home of football coach Garry Monk, after officers matched their footwear to forensic evidence at the scene.
After their arrests, Llewellyn and Green confessed to committing more than 30 burglaries dating back to 2002.
Llewellyn, from Morriston, was jailed for six years at the court on Friday, while Green, also from Morriston, received a four-year prison sentence.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Chris Grey, of Swansea CID, said: "From an early stage of our investigation into the burglary in Alltwen it became apparent that Green and Llewellyn were involved in burglaries across the whole Swansea and Neath Port Talbot area.
"We have utilised every investigative tool available to us to link them to unsolved burglaries - some of which date back over a decade.
"We have contacted all the victims of these crimes to inform them and in some cases we have been able to return substantial amounts of stolen property to them."
After the pair were arrested, officers executed search warrants in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, resulting in stolen property being seized.
Two women were arrested and later pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Donna Williams, 33, from Bonymaen, admitted handling items taken from the burglary of Mr Monk's house, namely a £3,500 Chanel watch, which she bought for £20.
Samantha Davies, 38, from Port Talbot, admitted handling stolen goods and will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on March 10.
Police discovered a photograph of her wearing a watch belonging to Mr Monk's partner.
Detective Chief Inspector Jane Mackay added: "Getting burgled is an upsetting experience and we always pursue every line of enquiry to trace those responsible and return stolen property to victims.
"We currently have one of the highest detection rates for house burglaries in the country and we are determined to maintain our record and continue to deliver the best quality of service to victims of crime."