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Burglary gang jailed for a total of 22 years

17/02/2012

A gang that burgled dozens of homes across Merseyside and Cheshire, even stealing puppies from one house, has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

Shaun Kelly, Philip Manning, John King and Tania Southward organised breaks ins at more than 40 properties across two counties, the majority of which occurred as householders were at home.

The gang would force entry to the homes through UPVC doors using a screwdriver. Once inside they took cash, mobile phones, electrical goods, jewelry and at one home even stole four American Bulldog puppies.  They often made their getaway by stealing the homeowners' car using keys theyd taken from inside.

They pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

A CPS spokesperson said: "Burglary is a terrible crime as it targets people in the place where they are supposed to feel safe their home.

"This gang showed little regard for the distress they caused to the families they targeted."

Kelly, 22, was jailed for eight years; King, 27, received seven years; Manning, 24, was given six years and Southward, 20, received a sentence of 17 months.

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