Burglar who stole £150,000 worth of jewellery handed five-and-a-half-year prison sentence

PUBLISHED: 15:40 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:00 09 February 2018

Anthony Whelan. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Anthony Whelan. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A man who stole more than £150,000 of jewellery has been handed a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Anthony Whelan, aged 50, appeared at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday) following his conviction for burglary and car crime in Portishead and Bath.

Whelan, from Liverpool, was found guilty of stealing high-value jewellery in Portishead in March 2017 and in Bath in January 2017.

He was also found guilty of theft from two vehicles in March 2017.

Whelan was arrested in Cheshire in July 30 after a police appeal and he was identified through CCTV footage – the stolen jewellery was never recovered.

The court heard how one victim had taken many months to get their lives ‘back on track’ and how their insurance recouped less than half the value of the stolen jewellery.

They also said the incident had left them ‘emotionally distraught’ and feeling unsafe, with much of the jewellery being ‘irreplaceable’.

Recorder Oba Nsugbe said: “These burglaries involved a great deal of planning and preparation. You have previously been sentenced for burglaries at Luton Crown Court, Guildford Crown Court and Bristol Crown Court. The least I can give you due to the seriousness of these offences is five and a half years.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

13:09

A charitable music concert will be held at the end of this week in Portishead.

Read more
10:00

Families enjoyed horse rides, live music and games at a May party in Flax Bourton in memory of Libby Holliday.

Read more
09:20

Police in Nailsea are running a reward scheme to encourage youngsters to carry out good deeds in their community.

Read more

Three North Somerset villages will benefit from the new bus scheme set to be introduced next week.

Read more
07:00

‘Appalling’ special educational needs provision (SEN) is ‘ruining children’s futures’, according to parents.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:18

Hopes of reopening Portishead’s railway station have been dealt a ‘disappointing’ blow after the Government chose not to award millions of pounds to the scheme in its latest round of funding.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:10

The team behind Portishead Carnival hope tonight (Wednesday) will see the event handed a major financial boost.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Model aeroplane enthusiasts gathered to showcase their flying skills and raise money for charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Plans to change rubbish collection routes, which will affect more than 80,000 households across North Somerset, will come into force next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

A Wraxall zoo has welcomed a new giraffe to its facility.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 13°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications