Luxury car theft gang jailed
PUBLISHED: 12:32 18 August 2010
An organised gang who stole high-powered luxury cars to order before selling them to unsuspecting members of the public have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years.
Nine men and one woman, aged between 23 and 40, were sentenced on Tuesday at Croydon Crown Court for their part in the theft of up to 50 luxury cars, as well as drugs offences and handling stolen bank notes obtained in an armed robbery.
Aston Martins and Mercedes sports cars were stolen after burglars stole the keys from homes in Bromley, driving them from the driveway and cloning the vehicle’s details before selling them to their victims.
Ringleader William Back, 26, of HMP High Down, coordinated the crimes from inside the jail, where he was serving time for previous car ringing offences. He received four more years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.
Fellow crook Jamie Webb, 27, of Hurst Road, Sidcup, admitted the same charge and was sentenced to two years and eight months.
Hustler Back teamed up with Lewisham police officer Hayler Cloud, of Ockham Drive, Orpington, who was jailed in June for two years for altering the confidential police database to make it look like cars taken by Beck’s gang were no longer registered as stolen.
Jason Webb, 23 of Milborough Crescent, Hither Green, was jailed for two years and eight months increased to three years for a previous offence.
Freddie Webb, 25, of Swanley Lane, Swanley, was handed two years and 10 months for conspiracy to steal and Guy Harbord, 27, of no fixed address, was sentenced to one year and eight months, extended to two years and eight months for a previous offence.
Tony Nicholls, 40 of Arabin Road, Brockley, was sentenced to two years, a year and six months for this offence and six months for a suspended prison sentence for a previous offence.
Perry Brown, 23, of Constable Mews, Bromley, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods possession of cannabis with intent to supply and concealing £20,000 of stolen cash. He was imprisoned for a total of two years and three months.
Leigh Spinks, 24 of no fixed address got one year and 11 months and Anthony Murray, 27, of Albert Road, Croydon, was given a one year suspended sentence with 12 months supervision and an order to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
Kirsty Burgess, 28, of Bromley Road, Beckenham, was given a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods.
Detective Superintendent Martin Huxley, Acting Borough Commander of Bromley police, said: “As vehicles have become more difficult to steal due to enhanced security, police have seen an increase in this style of burglary that is particularly worrying as victims are usually indoors and asleep when entry is gained, either by force or inserting an implement through letter boxes, targeting car keys to steal vehicles.”