Burglars taunted ‘haters’ with emojis on police appeal to catch them

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Burglars taunted ‘haters’ with emojis on police appeal to catch them

Two burglars who taunted police with a series of emojis on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed.

Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries.

‘Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,’ read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emojis.

Harry Gill, 20. Burglars Mason McConnon ,24, and Harry Gill ,20, who mocked a Gloucestershire police appeal to catch them on Facebook, have been jailed. See SWNS story SWBRtrolls. Two burglars who taunted police with a series of EMOJIS on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed. Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries. ?Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,? read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emoji. Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing adding a caption saying "do not approach".

Harry Gill, 20, posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to his whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries (Picture: SWNS.COM)

Mason McConnon, 24. Burglars Mason McConnon ,24, and Harry Gill ,20, who mocked a Gloucestershire police appeal to catch them on Facebook, have been jailed. See SWNS story SWBRtrolls. Two burglars who taunted police with a series of EMOJIS on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed. Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries. ?Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,? read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emoji. Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing adding a caption saying "do not approach".

Mason McConnon, 24, was jailed for four years after being pleading guilty to 14 counts of burglary (Picture: SWNS.COM)

Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing, adding a caption saying ‘do not approach’.

However the crooks weren’t laughing when the police appeal eventually led to their arrest – after a local taxi firm tipped off officers about where they were.

The pair had been stashing their loot at their friend Jason Wild’s flat, where officers found £10,000 worth of stolen jewellery and gadgets inside.

Approximately 80 burglaries were committed in the space of six weeks last year in Cheltenham.

Police believed McConnon and Gill were involved and issued the wanted appeal in October.

But the pair were quick to taunt the force’s social media channels by replying to comments from members of the public.

Mason McConnon's mocking comments on the Gloucestershire Police appeal on Facebook. Burglars Mason McConnon ,24, and Harry Gill ,20, who mocked a Gloucestershire police appeal to catch them on Facebook, have been jailed. See SWNS story SWBRtrolls. Two burglars who taunted police with a series of EMOJIS on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed. Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries. ?Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,? read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emoji. Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing adding a caption saying

Mason McConnon’s mocking comments on the Gloucestershire Police appeal on Facebook (Picture: Gloucestershire Police /SWNS.COM)

They were sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court.

Mason McConnon, 24, and of no fixed abode, was jailed for four years after being pleading guilty to 14 counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

Harry Gill, 20, and of Hawthorn Road in Cheltenham, was also jailed for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to three counts of dwelling burglary, one count of non-dwelling and one count of handling stolen goods.

He also received an additional sentence of one year and four months for a previous suspended sentence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Jason Wild, 29, of Monkscroft in Cheltenham, has also been sentenced to two years in prison after receiving postal charges for handling stolen goods.

The officer in the case, Constable Ed Garlick from the Cheltenham Neighbourhood Policing Team said: ‘Mason McConnon and Harry Gill embarked on what I would describe as a burglary spree throughout September and October last year, leaving countless victims in their wake.

Harry Gill's Facebook profile picture. Burglars Mason McConnon ,24, and Harry Gill ,20, who mocked a Gloucestershire police appeal to catch them on Facebook, have been jailed. See SWNS story SWBRtrolls. Two burglars who taunted police with a series of EMOJIS on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed. Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries. ?Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,? read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emoji. Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing adding a caption saying

Gill changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing, adding a caption saying ‘do not approach’ (Picture: Gloucestershire Police /SWNS.COM)

Mason McConnon's mocking comments on the Gloucestershire Police appeal on Facebook. Burglars Mason McConnon ,24, and Harry Gill ,20, who mocked a Gloucestershire police appeal to catch them on Facebook, have been jailed. See SWNS story SWBRtrolls. Two burglars who taunted police with a series of EMOJIS on Facebook during an appeal to catch them have been caught and jailed. Mason McConnon and Harry Gill posted taunting comments on a police appeal for information as to their whereabouts following a string of 80 burglaries. ?Keep hating all u haters cause your be the next victim,? read one message from Gill, followed up with a string of cry-laughing emoji. Gill even changed his Facebook profile picture to show himself and McConnon laughing adding a caption saying

The pair weren’t laughing when the police appeal eventually led to their arrest (Picture: Gloucestershire Police /SWNS.COM)

‘The pair targeted addresses mainly in the day whilst the occupants were absent, forcing entry by smashing rear doors and windows, and then stealing electronics and items of jewellery.’

He added: ‘We are now able to say that McConnon and Gill were involved in a high number of these burglaries, with them admitting to over 60 between them, when including the offences that they have asked to be taken into consideration.

‘I would like to thank the numerous victims for their patience throughout this investigation, many of which are owners of property that was recovered from Wild’s flat last year, and until now, we haven’t been in a position to release this property, some of which is extremely sentimental, back to them.’

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