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Band of brothers JAILED

PUBLISHED: 14:41 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

John Levi Dunn

John Levi Dunn

THREE brothers are behind bars for their part in the theft of metal cable worth £30,000. John Levi Dunn, 25, of Shamrock Road, Gravesend, Tom Dunn, 22, and Matthew Dunn, 19, both of South Ash Road, Sevenoaks, were sentenced on Friday. They appeared at

Matthew Dunn

THREE brothers are behind bars for their part in the theft of metal cable worth £30,000.

John Levi Dunn, 25, of Shamrock Road, Gravesend, Tom Dunn, 22, and Matthew Dunn, 19, both of South Ash Road, Sevenoaks, were sentenced on Friday.

They appeared at Maidstone Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury at a trial in February.

John Levi Dunn received three years for theft and 12 months for aggravated vehicle taking, to run concurrently. Tom Dunn got two-and-half years for theft and 12 months for aggravated vehicle taking, to run concurrently.

Tom Dunn

Matthew Dunn was given two years at a young offenders' institute for theft and six months, to run concurrently, for aggravated vehicle taking

Detective Sergeant Rob Haines, from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at Kent Police, said: "The sentencing is the culmination of an intensive, diligent and thorough investigation by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

"All four men committed serious offences in their own community, showing no regard for others and putting lives at risk. It is fitting that today these three men have been given a significant prison sentence."

The men were charged with theft of metal cable and aggravated vehicle taking after stealing a heavy goods vehicle from a site in Maidstone on January 22, 2007. In delivering his sentence, the judge said that this was a planned and targeted offence executed in a brazen fashion with only profit in mind.

In September last year, a fourth brother, Henry Dunn, 26, of South Ash Road, Sevenoaks, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to theft and burglary in relation to the same incident.

The arrest of all four men followed an intensive, 12-month investigation by the Kent Police unit into an organised criminal gang operating in the county and neighbouring areas.

The investigation targeted a wide range of organised criminal activity, including stealing from cash machines, robberies, burglaries and theft of lead and metal.

All three brothers were disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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