Five men from Milton Keynes have been sentenced to a total of more than 12 years in prison for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
Sean Steven Billington, aged 24, of Harrowden, Bradville, was sentenced to 45 months. Joseph Anthony Cawley, aged 35, of Willen Road, Newport Pagnell, received 39 months, Robin Thomas McCoy, aged 23, of Weavers Hill, Fullers Slade, was sentenced to 30 months, Kristopher Kevin Wilson, aged 23, of Pinders Croft, Greenleys, received 28 months, and David Michael Billington, aged 20, of Bellwether, Fullers Slade, received 12 months.
The sentences relate to the theft of and theft from motor vehicles, which took place in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire between October 7 and November 8 2010.
The offenders targeted commercial vehicles, such as transit vans used by courier drivers and box vans used by building contractors. One of the stolen vehicles was used to steal a number of items from a stationary lorry on October 29 last year, including a quantity of nappies.
When police recovered the stolen vehicles, they found that changes had been made to their outward appearance: some had false number plates; some had markings or signage changed or removed; and others had their vehicle identification numbers altered.
A total of 11 people were arrested in relation to the series of offences, five of whom were charged with conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
On Friday, October 28, the five were sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court to a total of 154 months in prison, as detailed above.
Detective Constable Nick Ramscar of Milton Keynes CID, who led the investigation, said: ”This was a significant organised crime group, responsible for numerous vehicle thefts across a wide area. We are pleased with the sentences, which are the end result of a complex and lengthy investigation.”