Three men have been jailed for a combined quarter of a century for plotting burglaries in North West England – stealing cars, money and jewelry worth over half a million dollars books.
The gang, who traveled between the victims in a taxi owned by one of Blackburn’s men, carried out break-ins in Lancashire and north Wales, stealing high-performance vehicles totaling around Â£ 250,000.
During the sentencing process, other thefts, prior to this investigation, were considered.
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This brought the total value of the property stolen by one of the gang members to over Â£ 500,000.
Following a trial at Preston Crown Court in May, taxi driver Shujun Miah, 34, of Blackburn, was convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit vehicle theft motor.
He was sentenced Wednesday August 4 to eight years in prison.
The court heard how Miah, of Rawsthorne Avenue, used her private hire taxi to transport the trio to the Northwest over a four-week period in February and March 2019.
This mainly involved targeting properties with high performance cars parked outside.
Michael Gallagher, 32, of Falkland Street, Liverpool was convicted of the same offenses as Miah and sentenced to eight years.
Daniel Deens, 32, of Roughwood Drive, Liverpool pleaded guilty to the same offenses and was sentenced to nine years and four months.
This was after Deens admitted other offenses which were taken into consideration by the judge when pronouncing his sentence.
A total of nine cars – including Audi and VW Golfs – were stolen across the region, including addresses in Darwen, Wilpshire, Chorley, Preston, Leyland and Walton-le-Dale as well as North Wales .
Several other cars and properties were targeted during the period, including two overnight, but to no avail after the gang was disturbed by burglar alarms.
The shameless trio used specialized equipment to break locks and gain access to addresses in order to steal car keys. They also used a technique known as “fishing” to hang keys through mailboxes.
License plates were then forged on the stolen vehicles to avoid detection.
Officers investigating the heists, named Operation Speed, analyzed phone records, CCTV and ANPR data to track the group’s movements and link all violations.
During the investigation parts of a number of stolen cars were discovered at cutting shops in Nelson and Merseyside. Several of the stolen cars were never found.
High-value jewelry and cash have also been reported stolen in the break-ins.
It was shortly after midnight on March 15, 2019, that officers from the Lancashire Police Tactical Operations Unit stopped a taxi driven by Miah and arrested him with Gallagher at the scene.
Deens, who reportedly got out of the taxi, was arrested in Merseyside following a nationwide appeal for his arrest.
PC Sam Patel of the Preston Police Target Team who led the investigation said: âWe welcome today’s sentences which reflect the impact of this wave of premedicinal crimes where the accused conspired. together, causing misery and anxiety for all the victims of this case.
âThis gang has broken into people’s homes overnight, when the victims are sleeping in bed and are vulnerable, often with children at home.
âMany of the high value stolen motor vehicles have never been recovered, resulting in huge financial losses.
âThis case is the result of a long investigation spanning several months and I hope this result sends the clear message that Lancashire is not an easy target for those who would seek to profit from it.
âWe will find you and make sure you are held accountable in court. ”
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