THREE teenagers have admitted stealing more than £30,000 worth of belongings from homes in Chester, Helsby and Flintshire.
Lee Hall, 18, of School Lane, Jordan Davies-Bagley, 18, from Beatrice Avenue, and Joseph Lane, 19, of Juliet Avenue, all of Bebington, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday.
On January 4 this year the youths broke into a house in Primrose Lane, Helsby, and stole electrical items, jewellery and cash to the value of about £9,500.
On January 8 they targeted a home in Cherrydale Road, Broughton, stealing electrical goods, a designer handbag and Prada glasses.
Hall and Davies-Bagley also pleaded guilty to burglary at a house in Lumley Road, Chester, on January 6, where they stole electrical items.
Hall was also charged with the additional theft of an Audi A4 from the house.
Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said the defendants had a long list of previous offences for burglary, and added: “This is just the tip of the iceberg. Both Merseyside Police and Cheshire police are in the process of collating previous offences.”
Cheshire Constabulary says it arrested the youths during an early morning sweep and have since returned thousands of pounds worth of stolen property to owners.
Detective Sergeant Mike Ankers said: “These men targeted homes across the rural area around Chester and Ellesmere Port and in Parkgate, Frodsham and Neston. The burglaries were carefully planned and well-drilled.
“Their arrest had a noticeable impact on the number of offences being carried out. That indicated what a significant impact these three men had on the level of crime in that area for a few weeks.”
Hall, Davies-Bagley and Lane have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on May 23 at Chester Crown Court.