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Pictures of thieves in stolen vehicles found

Date: 23/04/2013 10:35:01
Category: Car tracking
Author: Deborah Bates

A pair of thieves tripped themselves up by taking pictures of them posing in each of the 35 luxury vehicles they stole, dailymail.co.uk reports.

David Leadbeater and Sam Holmes, both in their early 20s, unknowingly led the police to discover their crimes after using their mobile phones to snap themselves whilst in the stolen cars. Worth over half a million pounds, the cars included various Audi, Mercedes and BMW models.

Ironically, the pair went to other lengths to avoid being caught, such as changing the cars' license plates; however police officers still deemed them "incompetent" and explain that they "slipped up" in most every way. The cars were stolen when Holmes and Leadbeater burgled a total of 43 homes in spring/summer 2012.

Eventually, Leadbeater was pulled over in one of his stolen vehicles - a Mini Cooper that had false number plates. Whilst searching the car, police found his mobile phone and subsequently pictures of him posing with the other cars.

Most of the stolen vehicles have been recovered, potentially due to car tracking systems or other devices - but that won't mean the pair get away with their devious behaviour. Sentenced to six years' jail time each, Leadbeater and Holmes both admitted their guilt when questioned in court, newsshopper.co.uk confirmed.

The officer who investigated the crimes, detective constable Adrian Grew, said neither showed much remorse though. "Not only were they incompetent, but they have no morals either," he revealed.

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