Three men have been sentenced to ten years in prison after stealing high end cars and selling the parts on.
Ali Raza Ahmed, 64, Yosef Arman, 32 and Golam Merzaj, 32 were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday, after pleading guilty to 'conspiracy to conceal, disguise, remove, transfer and convert criminal property'.
For two years the men had been stealing cars including BMWs, Audis, Mercedes, Porches and Range Rovers, then stripping them down. Expressandstar.co.uk reported they were then shipping the parts to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they were being sold on as spares.
West Midlands Police received a tip-off and intercepted a container in Southampton, ready to ship to the UAE. They then followed the trail which led them to a Black Country garage, reported itv.com.
The high-end racket served as a reminder to the public to ensure that their vehicles are as secure as possible, using tracking systems where necessary for luxury cars.
Detective Constable Scott Chivers said that this was an "incredibly complex case with international connections".
"Criminals across the UK clearly knew about the racket Merzaj, Arman and Ahmed had set up and would steal expensive cars form homes in towns and cities across the country...in exchange for cash," he said.