TWO men who broke into the family home of Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott have each been jailed for three years and nine months.
At the time of the break on February 16 this year the player’s parents and their other son had left the large detached luxury property in Hemel Hempstead to go and watch the player in Arsenal’s home game against Barcelona.
It meant that after breaking into the £2 million pound house through a conservatory window, Kevin Wood, 32, and Ryan Lee, 23, were able to help themselves to £40,000 worth of property including a VW Golf car which was parked on the driveway.
After the match, which Arsenal won 2-1, Theo Walcott’s parents, Donald and Lynn and older brother Ashley, returned to find their home in Longcroft Lane had been ransacked and the car gone.
Yesterday at Luton Crown Court Judge Michael Baker QC told the pair: “You two most likely with others targeted the Walcott’s home and planned and executed a burglary on it after dark.”
He said damage to the house that night had caused “huge upset” to the family who felt their home had been violated.
Wood, of Shrubhill Road, Hemel Hempstead, and Lee, of Sandycroft Road, Amersham, were found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of the burglary at the three storey luxury 12 roomed mansion home.
Sally Mealing-McLeod prosecuting said the car worth £25,000 and £15,000 worth of property, including a lap top, watches and jewellery, has never been recovered.
Daryl Cherrett, defending for Wood, said he had recently become a father and was now determined to change his ways.
Catherine Brown, representing Lee, said he too was now determined to rehabilitate himself.