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Prison for notorious car theft gang

Date: 15/02/2013 10:44:19
Category: Car tracking
Author: Joe Elvin

A British gang, who made more than £1 million over five years from the theft of Land Rovers, have been jailed for a combined total of 21 years.

Northampton Crown Court heard how a group of five men and one woman would consistently steal the cars and drive them to Birmingham to be sold.

According to birminghammail.co.uk, the gang targeted farmers and builders in the rural communities of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire.

Martin Warren, Jason Warren, Christopher Neal, Jacqueline Neal were found guilty of a number of offences including conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to convert criminal property and concealing criminal property. Andra Hoyland and Del Swane both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

The scam took place between 2005 and 2010. Police discovered that more than £1 million was deposited in the bank accounts of Christopher Neal and Jacqueline Neal during this period.

Although the gang were eventually caught, the case highlights just how straightforward the car theft can sometimes be. It could encourage Brits, particularly those in the Midlands, to invest in car tracking or other anti-theft hardware.

Northampton-news-hp.co.uk reports that police were able to recover £32,500 worth of cash and £400,000 worth of stolen car parts from the gang.

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