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Two jailed for raid on Theo Walcott home as he played in Champions League

Two men have been jailed after being convicted of burgling the family home of Arsenal and England footballer Theo Walcott.

Kevin Wood (32) and Ryan Lee (23) were each jailed at Luton Crown Court for 45 months, a court official said.

Wood, of Shrubhill Road, Hemel Hempstead, and Lee, of Sandycroft Road in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, denied burglary and theft but were convicted after trial.

A third man, Chengez Khan (28) of Chesham, admitted being carried in Walcott's stolen £25,000 Volkswagen Golf. He was sentenced to three months but will be released from custody as he has spent that amount of time on remand.

Unemployed Wood and Lee, who told detectives that they did not know each other, broke into the house where the forward's parents live on February 16 this year.

The house was empty at the time as Walcott, cheered on by his family, was helping Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 in a Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium in north London.

The raiders fled the property in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in the stolen car and with £15,000 worth of jewellery and electrical items.

The trio were caught when they were captured on CCTV at a petrol station.

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