Three men who travelled to England from Chile to burgle some of the country’s richest houses in a so-called “Golden Triangle” have been jailed.
Brothers Alexis, 25, and Nicolas Oviedo, 27 and follow Chilen Joel Ureta, 42, came into the UK with the intention to steal from the wealthy and send the goods or money from the sale of goods back home.
Using false names, the trio stayed at the Belmont Hotel in Sale whilst they raid properties in Knutsford, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Prestbury from 4 to 15 January this year. The owners of the houses they broke into were all alerted to the incidents through their security systems.
Luxury watches, jewellery and handbags were stolen – among other things – in the incidents. The total cost of goods stolen in the raids totalled £106,000.
Appearing at Chester Crown Court on 1 July, all three were jailed following their guilty pleas, which reduced the sentence they received. Joel Ureta and Alexis Oviedo were sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and Nicholas Oviedo was jailed for four years.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Angela Rowan of CPS Mersey Cheshire said:
“The Crown Prosecution Service said that these men travelled thousands of miles in a sophisticated plan to steal luxury goods from properties in exclusive areas of Cheshire.
“We rejected their claims that they had come here looking for employment. The men said they stole because they couldn’t find work in Chile and had no money, but this is no excuse.
“They came in the period just after Christmas, presumably because they thought there would be expensive presents that they could steal.
“They targeted properties where they thought they would find high value goods and caused a fair degree of damage and disruption in all of the houses that they broke into.
“The victims will have to live with the trauma of what happened to their possessions and their homes. Tourism burglary has hit the headlines recently and the Crown Prosecution Service is working with the police to stamp it out.”
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