Two burglars who were traced by police after stealing £250,000 worth of jewellery have been jailed.
Marc Lelli, 33, of Sycamore Terrace, King’s Road, Bloxham, was given a three-year sentence at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to three counts of burglary.
Stuart Brown, 36, of Kensington Close, King’s Sutton, pleaded guilty to two counts of handling stolen goods in the same hearing. He was given an eight-month sentence.
Both were arrested at a property in King’s Sutton after they stole the items from a home in Adderbury in December.
One piece was worth £140,000 and the items have been returned to the victim.
Detective Sergeant James Bonner of Banbury CID said: “This is a great result bearing in mind Lelli is a prolific offender. To get him locked up for a long period of time is satisfying. Officers worked really hard to track the pair down and managed to obtain CCTV images of them from a town jeweller. It was a double win for us because we also managed to bring items back to the owner which were of sentimental value.”
CID officers worked tirelessly in a two-day operation to catch the pair and once they gathered enough evidence they went to the property and found them together with a large suitcase filled with the stolen items.
Mr Bonner added: “Burglary is a local priority for us and we will always treat it very seriously. We will work tirelessly to bring people who do these sorts of crimes to justice.”