ThreeÂ people have today been sentenced at Chester Crown Court as part of Operation Edendale, an investigation into over 150 burglaries committed across Cheshire and Greater Manchester from the 1stÂ April to the 31stÂ December 2013. A fourth member of the group is due to be sentanced at a later date.
Daryl Kennedy born 27/05/63 produced from prison, was sentenced to 10 years, Antony Bell born 20/10/57 of Mitchells Quay, Failsworth, was sentenced to 4 years,Â Â and Ajaz Ahmed born 07/08/68 of Drake Street, Rochdale, was sentenced to 3 years.
AllÂ three had pleaded guilty to committing the burglaries over a large area of the county including Winsford, Northwich, Chester and various rural areas as well as areas in and around Greater Manchester.
The gang targeted properties which were unoccupied during the evening, searching homes selectively âˆ’ they would ignore items such as IPODS etc. instead searching through jewellery boxes taking select items as well as cash.
Supt. Paul Williams who lead the investigation said “This is a great result for the victims of these burglaries, to know that the people responsible for violating their homes and their privacy and causing them distress are being held to account.”
“It should also be reassuring for the people of Cheshire to know that that they are no longer free to commit these crimes and cause distress to anyone else.Â Â These people were responsible for a dramatic increase in the number of burglaries in homes across Cheshire and it was our priority to put a stop to their activities.”
“The result today has come after months of hard work involving officers and staff from across the county and shows that Cheshire Police are determined to catch the people responsible for committing these crimes.”