Three men are behind bars after admitting conspiracy to commit burglaries across Ellesemere Port and Chester.
On 29 March 2016, James Monaghan, 22, from the Ellesmere Port area, Nathan Elliott, 22, from Faraday Road in Ellesmere Port and Connor Coppock, 19, originally from the Blacon area of Chester, appeared at Chester Crown Court to be sentenced.
Monaghan was sentenced to three years and nine months for his part, while Elliott was sentenced to two years and three months and Coppock was sentenced to one year and 10 months in prison. Monaghan also admitted taking a motor vehicle without consent and given a three year driving ban.
They had admitted 11 offences relating to conspiracy to commit burglary dwellings and conspiracy to commit burglary other than dwellings following a series of house burglaries and shed and garage breaks. The offences occurred between 3 and 25 November 2015 where they stole a range of items including cars, motor cross bikes, mountain bikes, jewellery and money.
On 25 November a DNA hit led officers to a place in Blacon where the three were staying. A search revealed stolen property from the burglaries.
DC Iestyn Lewis-Jones said: “They ransacked houses and outbuildings, opened Christmas presents and stole sentimental jewellery as well as expensive bikes during their spree across Ellesmere Port and Chester. However they were stopped in their tracks after one of the men left DNA on the straw of an empty carton of orange juice found with garden equipment stolen from a garage in Chester. Our investigation tied them to further offences and now they are paying for their actions.
“Burglary is an emotive crime which can be traumatic for the victims, so to see these men behind bars will hopefully help them in some way begin to come to terms with their ordeal.”