Two men have been sent to prison for a total of 10 years following a police investigation into a series of house burglaries across Swansea and Neath.
Ben Llewellyn, aged 28, and James Green, who is 34, are both from Morriston.
Detectives initially arrested the pair for a burglary in Alltwen after they were disturbed by the lone female occupant of a house. They were then linked to the burglary at the home of Swansea City coach Garry Monk by officers who matched their footwear to forensic evidence at the scene.
Two women were also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods – police discovered a photograph of one of them modelling a watch belonging to the partner of Garry Monk.
After Llewellyn and Green were remanded in custody they confessed to committing over 30 burglaries dating back to 2002.
Earlier this month Donna Williams, aged 33, from Brokesby Road in Bonymaen, admitted handling stolen goods from the burglary of Garry Monk’s house, namely a £3,500 Chanel watch, which she bought for £20.
Detective Constable Chris Grey of Swansea CID said, “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.”
A 33 year-old Wrexham man has been remanded in custody charged with the burgling the home of a "vulnerable" woman in her sixties. The burglary happened in the early hours of 6 August. A notebook computer and freeview box, to the value of £315, were stolen.
Magistrates in Llandudno told Luke Roberts of Heol Maelor, Coedpoeth he will appear at Mold Crown Court on Friday. Roberts indicated no plea. He was charged with burglary.
Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales, West Mercia, Cheshire and Wiltshire police forces all worked together to catch the two men, such were the extent of their burglaries.
Two Polish men have been sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting a string of burglaries, worth more than £300,000. They will be deported back to Poland when they've served their sentences.
Ryszard Elert and Krzyszstof Karmaciuk committed their crimes between October 2010 and December 2011. They targeted properties in Ewloe, Holywell, Denbigh, Abergele, Bangor and Caernarfon, as well as across the border in England.