A total of 24 years of jail time will be served by members of a gang who stole more than £1 million worth of cars over the course of one year.
According to harboroughmail.co.uk, 60 vehicles were taken by the group - which then either used them to commit crimes in or shipped them to South Africa. The majority of the vehicles were robbed from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Superintendent Lecky Grewal, senior investigating officer of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit - Serious Organised Crime team, thanked the South African Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service for their help in building the case.
The officer added: "These sentences are just reward for a meticulous investigation by officers from three different forces, working together to bring this criminal gang to justice and exemplifying what policing in collaboration can achieve. It is also testament to the courage of the victims and other members of the public to come forward and help bring the case to court."
While the sentences for the 14 gang members will alert people to the need for effective vehicle security, in this case, the cars were mostly taken after criminals entered people's homes and stole their car keys.
Eastwoodadvertiser.co.uk noted that this is the biggest 'car key burglary' operation ever uncovered in the UK, adding that gang was made up of a combination of stolen car handlers and actual burglars.