1. ITV Report

‘Professional’ burglars jailed for 21 years

Luis Alberto Villarroel (L), Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez and Irancisco Javier Neira (R) Credit: Gwent Police

An organised crime gang of burglars have been sentenced to a total of 21 years in prison after targeting large country homes.

Cardiff Crown Court heard four men made off with tens of thousands of pounds in money, jewellery, small computers, passports, driving licences, clothes, and caused thousands in damage by smashing their way inside people's homes.

On Tuesday 27th June, the men travelled to South Wales and targeted five properties in Monmouthshire and Cardiff.

They were stopped by police on the M4 near Bristol after they were seen leaving the final burglary in their series. Officers managed to seize all of the stolen property.

Once in custody, officers established that the men were responsible for a considerable series of burglaries spanning many weeks around the country.

Evidence received from South Wales Police, Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police and Sussex Police enabled a further ten burglaries to be detected. All four were charged with the series of domestic burglaries.

Today (15th September) the men were sentenced to:

  • 31-year-old Irancisco Javier Neira (alias Franciso Javier Montecinos) received 6 years.
  • 20-year-old Julio Galdamez-Rodriguez (alias Julio Daneil Galames Rodriquez) received 9 years.
  • 35-year-old Luis Alberto Villarroel (alias Luis Alberto Rojas and Luis Alberto Rojas-Villarroel) received 6 years.

A 16 year old was also charged with the offences but there are reporting restrictions currently in place.

Detective Constable Simon Reed, who led the case for Gwent Police, said:

The defendants show no regard for their victims and intended to callously scare and steal from them.

The sentencing today shows our relentless efforts to bring justice upon those who commit such serious crimes and the continuous work involved to dismantle organised crime.

This investigation has been painstaking and I hope the community will take comfort in these sentences handed out today.

– Detective Constable Simon Reed, Gwent Police