Two men have been jailed after a spree of car thefts across South Yorkshire, reports thestar.co.uk.
Lee Mills, aged 38, and his 27-year-old nephew Scott Shakeshaft, were charged and found guilty of theft as part of a conspiracy to break into homes to steal car keys across South Yorkshire.
The pair stole cars from driveways or garages as the owners slept and took them apart with a view to selling parts. Parts of some of the cars were found at a breaker's yard in Bradford, adds topix.com.
The duo's own vehicles were placed at burglary scenes by police officers using vehicle number plate recognition systems, ultimately leading to their arrest.
In court, prosecutor Mike Smith said the cars that were stolen were worth £307,000 and only two had ever been recovered. The models of cars stolen include a BMW X5, Seat Leon, Skoda Fabia, Land Rover Freelander and many more.
The case could encourage car owners in the area to increase the amount of security on their car, including fitting Tracker to their car.
Judge Robert Moore, who jailed Mills for seven-and-a-half years and Shakeshaft for four, commented on the case: "It was at night, carefully planned and carried out when the owners were in bed."