Two jailed for Haslemere rhino head theft

Haslemere Educational Museum
Image caption Haslemere Educational Museum was targeted in the early hours of 27 May

Two men have been jailed after admitting stealing a rhinoceros head from a Surrey museum.

Jamie Channon, 34, of Melba Gardens and Tony Moore, 30, of Ottowa Road, both in Tilbury, Essex pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

The pair were identified after the theft from Haslemere Educational Museum in May 2011 featured on BBC1's Crimewatch last September.

Channon was jailed for three years and Moore for two at Guildford Crown Court.

The men forced an entry into the museum, setting the alarms off, in the burglary in May 2011.

The rhinoceros head was the only item stolen.

On the black market rhino horns sell for about £50,000 per kilo, making them more valuable than gold, diamonds and cocaine.

Surrey Police said the pair were identified after the rhino head theft was featured on BBC1's Crimewatch show in September.

The pair also admitted conspiracy to burgle 13 supermarkets in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hertfordshire, in which more than £60,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen.

Channon was jailed for four years and Moore for three years for the supermarket thefts.

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