Shop burglars jailed for stealing £38k during break-ins

Shop burglars jailed for stealing £38k during break-ins

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

THREE brazen thieves who carried out a spate of burglaries at convenience stores and stole £38,487 have been jailed.

Anthony Hollywood, Anthony Carroll and Daniel Kelly all appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, August 8 where they were sentenced to a total of nine years and five months in prison.

Between February 10 to March 11, they broke into ten Co-op and Tesco shops in Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

This included branches on College Road and Coronation Road in Crosby, Queen’s Street in Formby and Fylde Road in Southport.

Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Ian Morris from Warrington CID, who led the investigation, said: “I welcome the sentences handed to Hollywood, Kelly and Carroll and I hope they act as a warning to other offenders.

“The trio were all members of an organised crime gang who carried out a series of carefully orchestrated burglaries at stores across the region. 

“Between the, during their month-long crime spree, the gang targeted ten stores and stole a total of £38,487.

“On each occasion the gang would target the stores after closing, forcing open the electronic doors with a crowbar before prising open the roller shutters.

“Once inside, they targeted the safes, forcing them open with sledgehammers and crowbars.

“Their downfall came after the team here at Warrington CID recovered ANPR data and mobile phone analysis which placed the trio at the scene of a number of the incidents.

“Following their arrests, all three suspects refused to answer any of the questions put to them by detectives.

“However, as a result of the strength of the evidence we gathered against them, all three men admitted their roles in the incidents at court and are now facing the consequences of their actions.”

Hollywood and Carroll both admitted taking part in five of the burglaries, while Kelly admitted burgling two of the stores.

Carroll also admitted possession of criminal property in relation to cash that was seized at his address following his arrest.

They were sentenced to:
• Hollywood, aged 42, of Stafford Drive, Liverpool - jailed for three years and four months
• Carroll, aged 42, of Longfellow Street, Liverpool – jailed for two years and four months
• Daniel Kelly, aged 31, of Prior Street, Liverpool – jailed for three years and nine months

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