Sheffield car thieves jailed for 24 years

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Three Sheffield men who stole high performance cars from across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have been jailed for a total of more than 24 years.

Grant Johnson, Dane Shaw and Karl Morley targeted a string of homes during an eight-month crime spree in 2012, which saw them commit dozens of ‘two-in-one’ burglaries.

In total they stole 32 vehicles which included Audis, Volkswagens, Mazdas, BMWs and a Porsche.

Detectives from Nottinghamshire Police began an investigation following a report of a burglary in Sutton-in-Ashfield in April 2012.

While the occupants were in bed, the thieves forced their way into the house and snatched car keys before stealing a red Volkswagen Golf parked outside.

The next month, in a similar burglary, an Audi TT was taken from outside a home in Mansfield.

Homes in Worksop, Mansfield Woodhouse, Ollerton, Rainworth and Harworth were targeted in the months that followed.

Properties were also targeted in Sheffield, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Buxton, Killamarsh, Eckington and Dronfield.

After liaising with officers in Derbyshire it transpired that detectives in Chesterfield were investigating a similar spate of offences.

The burglars used specialist tools to silently force their way inside the homes before searching for car keys and taking vehicles.

Working together, officers from both forces began a two-year investigation, piecing together evidence, gathering intelligence and trawling mobile phone records in order to build a case against Johnson, Shaw and Morley.

Johnson, 28, formerly of Waltheof Road, Manor, Shaw, 25, formerly of Paddock Crescent, Arbourthorne and Morley, 25, formerly of Spinkhill Road, Richmond, all Sheffield, were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, and conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicles.

Morley was sentenced to nine years, Shaw eight years and Jonson seven and a half years by a judge at Leicester Crown Court.

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