10 men who stole over £250,000-worth of motorcycles, cars and tools busted
A GANG of men responsible for the theft of over £250,000 worth of goods, including £100,000 worth of motorcycles and tools from CCM Racing have been jailed.
The raids, described by police as 'sophisiticated', took place over four months last year. The gang's biggest raid was on CCM Racing in Warfield, where seven men stole eight motorcycles and various tools after using oxy acetylene burning equipment, cutting down ram barriers and steel shutters in the process. They also immobilised the alarm system and moved a team transporter that was parked up against the entrance doors to prevent ram raids.
The gang, all wearing motocross equipment, rode the bikes across a nearby field to vans they had sat waiting.
The gang also stole a Subari Impreza car, worth £50,000 from Santa Pod and threatened to destroy it unless the owner paid them £5,000.
DC Paul Brown connected the gang's burglaries after he found a stolen motorcycle with a false number plate in Camberley. The judge sentencing praised DC Brown and DC Matthew Jobson for their ‘good old-fashioned police work’.
CCM Racing's motorcycles were never recovered. Seven of the gang that were prosecuted after they admitted the charges and were sentenced to a total of 20 years.
Daniel O’Keefe, 31, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge – five years. John Davis, 28, of Holmlea Road, Datchet – five years. Craig Wells, 22, of Chestnut Avenue, West Drayton – three years and eight months. Cary Grant, 24, of Bates Close, Slough, Berks – 18 months. Daniel Pope, 21, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge – six months, suspended for 12 months, 100 hours unpaid work and a curfew. Sumeet Kale, 27, of Trevor Gardens, Northolt – 12 months, suspended for two years, 250 hours unpaid work and a curfew. Peter Ballantyne, 40, of Burton Way, Windsor – 15 months.
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