Three men who burgled garages, outbuildings and homes, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of vehicles have been jailed.
Darren Green, 29, of Kedleston Road, Worksop, Mason Holt, 23, of Dickens Road, Worksop, Joseph Foster, 26, of Manton Crescent, Manton, targeted addresses across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Humberside, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.
They all admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft, incorporating a total of 43 offences. The offences took place between October 2013 and continued until March 2014.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Holt was sentenced to eight years and four months, Foster was jailed for six years and three months, and Green was sent to prison for seven years and four months.
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Racher, who oversaw the investigation, said: “This required a large-scale policing operation that spanned five counties. Holt, Foster and Green preyed on rural communities, targeting keys inside the properties to steal cars and other high-value vehicles such as quad bikes.
“Their actions made people feel vulnerable in their own homes and this sense of personal invasion should never be underestimated.
“We had a number of officers working on this operation, but it was a real team effort across the force with other specialist resources supporting us to put these people before the court.
“We are pleased with the sentences handed down today, and hope this gives justice to those whose possessions were stolen or who had to deal with the aftermath of having their homes broken into.”
Clint Brammer, 25, of Suffolk Road, Bircotes, is awaiting sentence in connection with these offences.