Smash and grab gang of four caged
PUBLISHED: 15:40 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:39 23 August 2010
FOUR men who stole £125,000 worth of cars and cigarettes during 20 raids have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years. The gang, sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, used stolen cars and smashed their way into shops with crowbars, sledgeha
FOUR men who stole £125,000 worth of cars and cigarettes during 20 raids have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years.
The gang, sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, used stolen cars and smashed their way into shops with crowbars, sledgehammers and cutting equipment.
During the raids across Kent, Sussex and Dorset they also caused £25,000 in damage, during the burglaries at convenience stores from March to September last year.
On July 5 the gang struck at the Co-op in New Ash Green, where £4,685 worth of cigarettes were taken and the damage totalled £800.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Sergeant Rob Haines, of Kent Police, described them as "a criminal gang that moved swiftly and quickly".
He said: "These men targeted businesses across four counties in their desire to steal thousands of pounds of cigarettes and, in doing so, left behind tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
"Together, with colleagues from other forces, we have carried out an extensive investigation in order to bring this gang of criminals before the courts.
The spree came to an end at a Co-op in Swanage, Dorset, on September 2 when four men, all from Nottingham, were arrested after a police chase.
David Marriott, 23, Luke Abrahams, 24, and William Dunbar, 23, admitted conspiracy to burgle. Dannie Robinson, 27, admitted one burglary. Marriott was sentenced to four years and 12 months consecutive for separate burglaries in Staffordshire, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.
Abrahams was sentenced to two years, Dunbar to four years and Robinson 12 months and nine months consecutive for breaching a suspended sentence.
The court was told the gang targeted stores in isolated areas but were caught during a police chase after a member of public called 999. They were charged last year and CCTV footage and clothes used during the raids seized.
Det Sgt Haines added: "This investigation is an example of the extent Kent Police will go to in order to ensure our communities are safe places to live, and sends out a clear message to gangs fuelled by greed that their actions will not be tolerated and will not go unpunished."