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22nd Jun, 2021

Vale pair among five jailed for violent robberies across four counties

Rob George 2nd Jun, 2021

A VIOLENT gang including members from Evesham and Pershore have been sentenced following a spree of robberies which took place across four counties in the autumn of 2019

Chance Gill and Morgan Spiers were among five men and a teenager jailed under Operation Pentagon, an ongoing crackdown by Gloucestershire Constabulary on organised criminals stealing high powered cars and using them to commit burglaries.

They were sentenced after appearing at Warwick Crown Court on May 27 for offending in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Thames Valley.

Gill, 22, of Tewkesbury Road in Eckington was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Domino’s Pizza and Tesco in Southam plus conspiracy to burgle a dwelling.

Spiers, 22, of Middle Littleton in Evesham was also sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

Sean Taylor, 22 of London Road in Gloucester was sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Dominos.

Lee Morgan, 20, of Bainbridge Road in Cheltenham was sentenced to five years and one month after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Domino’s Pizza and Tesco in Southam plus conspiracy to burgle a dwelling.

Michael Smith, 19, of Waterloo Street in Cheltenham was sentenced to two years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

A 17-year-old boy from Cheltenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and is due to be sentenced on June 28.

Officers first became aware of the group’s offending in September 2019 after Gill and Morgan targeted a property on Station Road in Chipping Norton and stole an Audi S4 from the driveway before driving it to Winchcombe.

The following morning Gill and Morgan stole an Audis Q7 and a second S4 from properties in Chippenham before driving back to Gloucestershire. The convoy of cars hit an ANPR camera around 90 minutes later.

Collectively the group then smashed their way into Domino’s Pizza on Ridge Road in Cirencester in the early hours of September 26 in a bid to steal a safe using stolen vehicles and straps.

Officers were able to link the group to the incidents after it was found that the two stolen Audi’s were being used and when the crimes also matched based on timings, the clothing worn by the men and their methods of entry.

The same group apart from Taylor also committed a burglary at Tesco in Southam on October 1 and 2.

They entered the supermarket before using sledgehammers and a pick-axe to attack the tills and steal a large quantity of cigarettes. The gang left in the Audi Q7 and S4 and were pursued before abandoning the vehicles.

Det Chief Insp Neil Smith said: “They are brazen criminals who thought they could offend across four counties of England but unfortunately for them we were able to catch them in the act after working with colleagues in Warwickshire to subsequently place individuals at various scenes through telecoms data, vehicle data, and forensic evidence.

“I hope this sentencing shows actions like those of Gill, Taylor, Smith, Morgan, Spiers and the teenage boy will not be tolerated.”

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