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TWO burglars who taunted the Gloucestershire police Facebook page have been sentenced to a combined eight years in prison.
Mason Mcconnon, 24, of no fixed abode was jailed for four years after being pleading guilty to 14 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.
He also accepted 32 TICS (offences taken into consideration).
Harry Gill, 20, of Hawthorn Road in Cheltenham was also jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to three counts of dwelling burglary, one count of non-dwelling and one count of handling stolen goods. He also accepted 12 TICS.
As well as this he also received an additional sentence of one year and four months for a previous suspended sentence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
They were sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court.
Approximately 80 burglaries were committed in the space of six weeks last year in the St Mark’s and Benhall areas of Cheltenham and
officers believe Mcconnon and Gill had involvement in a number of these.
Police issued a wanted appeal for the men on October
27 and they were quick to taunt the force’s social media channels by replying to comments from members of the public.
Gill then went to the extent of changing his Facebook profile picture, inset, to show himself and Mcconnon adding a caption saying “do not approach”.
They were arrested after officers received information on their whereabouts from a local taxi company before being charged on Saturday, November 3.
Jason Wild, 29, of Monkscroft in Cheltenham has also been sentenced to two years in prison after receiving postal charges for handling stolen goods.
The officer in the case, Constable Ed Garlick from the Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Mason Mcconnon and Harry Gill embarked on what I would describe as a burglary spree throughout September and October last year, leaving countless victims in their wake.
“The pair targeted addresses mainly in the day whilst the occupants were absent, forcing entry by smashing rear doors and windows, and then stealing electronics and items of jewellery.
“During this period, the pair had access to and used Jason Wild’s address as a base for their operation, storing stolen property within, with Wild himself assisting in the retention of this property.
“Dwelling burglary is a heinous crime.
“This series was however particularly horrific, with around 100 being committed over a short period, in the same areas of town, creating great unease and fear throughout these communities.
“I would like to thank the victims for their patience throughout this investigation, many of which are owners of property that was recovered from Wild’s flat last year, and until now, we haven’t been in a position to release this property, some of which is extremely sentimental, back to them.”