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Artwork thief jailed

A man who stole artwork worth tens of thousands of pounds from a gallery in the Cotswolds has been jailed.

Jamie Anthony Nash, 41 and of Bristol Road South in Birmingham pleaded guilty to one count of burglary after appearing at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 19 March.

Police were called to Clarendon Fine Art in Stow-on-the-Wold shortly before 3.30am on Tuesday 5 March following reports of a burglary.

Nash was arrested on Friday 8 March after officers found DNA evidence from a blood stain left at the scene of the burglary.

He was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday 10 May and was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge fee of £175.

Investigating Officer Jessica Bull said: "This was a high value burglary with artwork totalling £44,975 having been taken. Unfortunately no artwork has been recovered at this stage.

"However, hopefully today’s sentencing provides some justice for the art gallery and for all the artists whose works have been stolen."

Crime Scene Co-coordinator Martin Cuffe said: "This is an excellent example of the joined up working within Gloucestershire Constabulary.

"From the initial attending officers who secured and preserved the scene; the Forensic team who recovered and submitted key items of forensic evidence which led to the identification of the suspect, and then the work of our Investigations and Force Crime Ops Team, who worked together to secure a prompt arrest and charge of this offender. 

"This joint effort allowed us to secure valuable evidence to support a prosecution and has prevented this individual from committing further offences and from causing further harm to our community."

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