Gang who stole 10 pedigree French bulldogs worth £15,000 is jailed

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A gang who stole 10 pedigree French bulldogs worth at least £15,000 from the home of a breeder have all been jailed.

The pooches were taken during two raids on the breeder’s home in Horninglow, Burton, in November last year.

Five men, who are from London and Essex, pleaded guilty to theft at Stafford Crown Court.

Two of the men - Elroy Charles, 25, and Jordan Morrison, 24, - had also pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to blackmail the victim.

Charles and Morrison were both jailed for two years. Two other defendants, Kayne Gardner, 28, and Michael Ward, 25, both from London, were each jailed for 12 months for theft.

A fifth man, Desmond Stacey, of Chelmsford, Essex, was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 125 hours of unpaid work.

Prior to sentence Recorder William Edis QC ruled on an issue over the estimated value of the stolen dogs.

Initially it was suggested the animals were worth up to £50,000, but following submissions Recorder Edis said an average value of around £1,500 should be considered for each of the bulldogs.

The court heard that the breeder was “specifically targeted” when a number of dogs were taken from the Horninglow address around 9pm on November 7 last year.

In the early hours of the following day the thieves returned and several more dogs were taken.

Later the same day police traced the defendants who were arrested in the Tamworth area and several of the missing dogs were recovered.