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'Breaking-in takes b***s': Gang of burglars jailed after police find rap bragging about crime wave on mobile phone
Five man gang rapped about the sound of a 'patio breaking' Lyrics found on phone of David Levesconte who was jailed 40 monthsGroup responsible for 65 burglaries across Manchester
Police heard that gang stole 24 luxury cars and 400,000 worth of jewellery
16:53 GMT, 21 December 2012
A bragging burglary gang who boasted about their crimes by writing raps to each other following their raids has been jailed.
The five man group recorded the congratulatory rhymes on their mobile phones, sending them to one another.
The raps, largely made up of street slang, reference the sound of a 'patio breaking' and the burglars' craving for 'keys N watches'.
Jailed: A rap detailing the burglaries was found on the mobile phone of David Levesconte, left, when police arrested him. Levesconte and Drew McWilliam, right, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary. Both have been jailed for 40 months
Despite the lyrics suggesting that a 'break in takes balls', the group's recordings eventually lead to their arrest.
Police discovered a verse on a mobile phone, saying: 'That me n Levo on a break in.'
Officers soon realised that 'Levo' was in fact David Levesconte, 22, one of the gang members.
RAPPING A WAY BEHIND BARS
An exert of the rap found on David Levesconte's mobile phone
'Cause I’m cold like snow when I’m flaking,
What’s that the sound of UR patio breaking,
That me n Levo on a break in
Your car keys N watches were cravin
Cartiers N S3S were taking
But facing a break in takes balls it’s a bait ting Haa.'
The gang's haul included 24 luxury cars, computers, TVs laptops, games-consoles, watches and jewellery worth 400,000.
The criminals were responsible for 65 burglaries across Manchester, Wilmslow and Handforth, Cheshire.
Levesconte admitted conspiracy to commit burglary between 1 August 2011 and 30 December 201 at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.
Drew McWilliam, 20, and Ryan Condron, 21, also admitted conspiracy to commit burglary at dwellings between the same time period.
Each of the gang members was jailed for 40 months.
Another trio, Shaquile Brown, 19, Jonathon Snape, 25, Jaymi Walker, 21, admitted handling stolen goods.
Brown and Snape were jailed for two years, while Walker was given a 12 month community order.
Kate Ridgard, 32, of Chorlton, Manchester admitted handling stolen goods and was ordered to undertake 140 hours unpaid work.
Crime wave: Ryan Condron, left, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and was jailed for 40 months. Shaquile Brown, right, admitted handling stolen goods and was jailed for two years
The gang operated by forcing entry into the houses or entering through insecure doors or windows.
The burglaries were committed late at
night and once inside the burglars would search the homes for car keys
and other items before leaving in the stolen vehicles.
Among the haul of stolen cars, were
two Nissan Qashqais, a Mercedes 240, two Audi A4s, an Audi A6, a
Landrover Discovery, a Mini Cooper and a Peugeot 207 and a Toyota Prius.
Behind bars: Jonathan Snape admitted handling stolen good at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester. he was jailed for two years
Some of the cars have still not been recovered.
One victim confronted two of the gang members during a burglary. But when he shouted 'What are you doing', the criminals simply responded 'What does it look like'
The pair then broke a window in the house's front door and took the man's car keys before escaping in his Audi.
Following Levescontes’ arrest, the ‘rhyme’ was found on his phone.
He initially refused to admit responsibility when he was interviewed by officers – and said the rap had been written by someone else.
Detective Constable Matt Whittaker, of Greater Manchester Police, said: 'We spent months unravelling the activities of this organised crime group, who were involved in a plot to break into people’s homes in order to steal cars.
'The fact that more than 60 crimes have been detected gives you an indication of how determined and persistent they were and their actions along with the ‘rhyme’ found on Levescontes’ phone – which gives a clear insight into their activities – proves they have no regard for local residents or their belongings.'
Chief Inspector Koran Sellars, said: 'I must commend the efforts of all the officers involved, who have worked tirelessly for months to bring the offenders to justice.
'Had it not been for their thorough and meticulous investigation these men and women would undoubtedly be out there today committing more crime.'