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Classic car thieves jailed for six-and-a-half years

PUBLISHED: 13:56 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:56 12 April 2016

A dismantled Mini stolen by Metten and Fiddimore

A dismantled Mini stolen by Metten and Fiddimore

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Police raided six different locations in connection to the thefts

A garage used by the thievesA garage used by the thieves

Two thieves who stole Mini motor cars while running their online car and vehicle parts business have been jailed.

Both men, operating from a Horton Kirby lock-up, were jailed for conspiring to steal motor vehicles.

Stephen Fiddimore, 36, of Shearwater, Longfield and 28-year-old Sam Metten of Polsteads, Basildon stole 13 classic cars between them.

Police believe the pair could be responsible for up to 40 classic car thefts between 2014 and 2015.

Stephen FiddimoreStephen Fiddimore

Last year police searched garages and properties in Gravesend, Dartford, Crayford, Longfield, Horton Kirby and Basildon.

All of the searches revealed items linking both men to their criminal business.

Both Fiddimore and Metten had knew how to enter the cars and ‘hotwire’ them to drive away.

Detective Inspector Caroline Clooney said: “These men systematically targeted the owners of classic Minis across the south east.

Sam MettenSam Metten

“Many of the vehicles had been lovingly restored and were the owners’ pride and joy, discovering their cars had been stolen obviously caused them much distress.

Fiddimore pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

Metten was found guilty on the same charge and was jailed for three years.

DI Clooney added: “I am pleased with the sentences handed down and hope it sends out a message that the Met is serious about tackling car crime and will always seek to destroy the activities of individuals involved in it.”

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