Woman charged over footballer raid

Hillingdon Times: Swansea City's Garry Monk in action Swansea City's Garry Monk in action

Police have charged a woman with handling stolen goods after the home of Swansea City football star Garry Monk was broken into and ransacked.

Four weeks after the Premier League star lost property of "great sentimental value" a woman, aged 33 - from Swansea, south Wales, has been charged with handling stolen goods.

The woman, from the city's Bonymaen district, will appear at Swansea Magistrates' Court in the new year, police said.

A second woman, aged 44, from Port Talbot - also arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, is currently on police bail while investigations continue.

The back door to Monk's family home, in Killay, Swansea, was forced in some time between November 15 and 18, which took in a weekend.

Thieves escaped with a large amount of property from high-value watches and jewellery to laptop computers, other computer equipment and mobile phones.

Monk, 34, a club veteran, also lost a Swansea City kitbag marked with the Number 16 and his name.

Some of that property has now been recovered, but a large amount of what was stolen is still missing, police said.

Detective Constable Chris Grey of Swansea CID said: "As part of our investigation into the burglary we have recovered some of the property and two women have been arrested for handling stolen goods.

"While these arrests are a significant development there is still a large quantity of property outstanding. Much of what was stolen is of huge sentimental value to the victim and his family which we obviously want to trace and recover.

"We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry in order to trace those responsible for the burglary. I appeal to anyone with information about the location of this property to come forward and contact the police or Crimestoppers in complete confidence."

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Mackay added: "Getting burgled is an upsetting experience and we always pursue every line of enquiry to trace those responsible and return stolen property to victims.

"We currently have one of the highest detection rates for house burglaries in the country and we are determined to maintain our record and continue to deliver the best quality of service to victims of crime."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 62130363685.

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