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Gloucestershire Echo - - CITIZEN - By PHIL NOR­RIS

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.”

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