South West Wales

Swansea City star Garry Monk burglary pair are jailed

Ben Llewellyn and James Green Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Ben Llewellyn and James Green were linked to the burglary at the footballer's home by their footwear

Two men who ransacked the home of Swansea City's head coach Garry Monk during a crime spree of more than 30 burglaries have been jailed for a total of 10 years.

Ben Llewellyn, 28, and James Green, 34, both of Morriston, Swansea, admitted offences dating back to 2002.

Monk's home in Killay was raided in November last year while he was recovering from knee surgery.

Llewellyn was jailed for six years and Green for four at Swansea Crown Court.

The court heard detectives matched the defendants' footwear to forensic evidence at the footballer's home.

At the time of the raid police said: "The house was untidily searched from top to bottom. Ransacked basically."

Llewellyn and Green were arrested after they disturbed a woman alone at her home in Alltwen.

The investigation led to raids in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot that found property stolen from houses across the region.

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Image caption Police found this photo of the watch belonging to Garry Monk's partner

Two women have also admitted handling stolen goods after police discovered a photograph of one of them modelling a watch belonging to Monk's partner.

Donna Williams, 33, of Bonymaen, admitted handling a £3,500 Chanel watch which she had bought for £20.

She and Samantha Davies, 38, from Cwmavon, Port Talbot - who was the woman wearing the watch - will be sentenced on 10 March.

South Wales Police Det Con Chris Grey, of Swansea CID said: "From an early stage of our investigation into the burglary in Alltwen it became apparent that Green and Llewellyn were involved in burglaries across the whole Swansea and Neath Port Talbot area.

"We have contacted all the victims of these crimes to inform them and in some cases we have been able to return substantial amounts of stolen property to them."

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