Two burglars have been jailed today after being convicted of a series of offences in Emersons Green earlier this year, including a break-in at the village hall.
Craig Walters, 35, of Ashley Road, Bristol, and Lee Hucker, 32, of The Hawthornes, Staple Hill, were both sentenced to four years and six months at Bristol Crown Court.
Walters admitted five counts of burglary and one count of aggravated vehicle taking while Hucker admitted two counts of burglary and was found guilty of a third count following a trial.
All the offences happened in the Emersons Green area between 22nd and 23rd January.
Walters committed one of the offences at The Mill House pub following which he stole an Audi A4 – but he was spotted by a member of staff who later picked him out in an ID procedure.
Walters and Hucker also committed offences together, including a break-in at Emersons Green Village Hall in which they were caught on CCTV and identified by a PCSO from the local neighbourhood team.
The pair also broke into a residential property where they stole jewellery but were seen to leave the property by a member of the public, who was also able to identify them at an ID procedure.
Investigating officer Carl Spicer said: “We know burglaries have a devastating impact on victim’s lives so identifying offenders and bringing them to justice is a priority for us.
“Offences are often a challenge to investigate with offenders becoming more aware of how to avoid detection – but in this case a combination of hard work from neighbourhood officers, vigilant members of the community and forensic/CCTV evidence have helped catch these two serial burglars.
“Both Walters and Hucker are ‘third strike’ domestic burglars so I hope these sentences will help rehabilitate them and act as a warning to others that offences like this can attract jail terms.”