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Welsh raiders Teen was part of Irish-linked Welsh gang who stole over £500,000 of jewellery

He admitted to being part of a burglary gang which carried out scores of high-value burglaries.

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A teenager who was part of a family-based group of burglars with links to Ireland stole jewellery worth up to £500,000 in more than 70 raids on carefully-selected houses across South Wales, it has been reported. 

Michael Casey who is now aged 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle when he appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court.

He admitted to being part of a burglary gang which carried out scores of high-value burglaries.

Other members of the gang were jailed in December 2019 but Casey was only arrested in the north west of England in April.

The gang, which operated from the travellers site in Mill Stream Way in Swansea Vale, Swansea, raided dozens of homes in a campaign of well-organised burglaries over a six-month period between July 2018 and January 2019.

They targeted elderly homeowners or people who they believed had large quantities of jewellery.

Using stolen cars with cloned or stolen number plates to get to and from their targets, they often carried out half a dozen or more break-ins in a single day.

While some of the group stayed in the car to act as lookout and getaway driver the others would smash their way into the houses and ransack them.

They were primarily looking for gold jewellery while other items such as electrical goods were rarely taken.

They also used bleach or other cleaning products on door handles and light switches in a bid to throw off any forensic investigations.

Police say very little of the jewellery the gang took has ever been recovered.

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Several members of the gang were jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary following a lengthy trial held at Swansea Crown Court in November and December 2019.

Others were subsequently jailed after pleading guilty following lengthy periods on the run.

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