Dagenham luxury car theft gang jailed for 20 years
PUBLISHED: 18:39 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:39 13 May 2016
A gang of three men who plotted to steal BMWs and other luxury vehicles have today been jailed for a total of 20 years.
Vitalius Lapinskas, Juozas Franckevicius and Edmundas Barkauskas, all from Dagenham, targeted keyless vehicles in expensive neighbourhoods across London and the Home Counties in the early hours of the morning.
They used specialist equipment to clone the digital key, stealing the vehicles from outside their victims’ homes before breaking them down and/or changing the number plates in order to be sold on.
The gang was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court following a 16-week trial.
DI Garry Poole, from the London Crime Squad, said: “This was a highly sophisticated organised criminal gang responsible for a high volume of vehicle thefts.”
Lapinskas, 41, of Lawrence Crescent, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and 18 months for conspiracy to receive stolen goods. Both sentences will run consecutively.
Franckevicius, 37, of Hedingham Road, was jailed for four years for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and five years for conspiracy to receive stolen goods. Both sentences will run consecutively.
Barkauskas, 36, of Hedingham Road, was found guilty of conspiracy to receive stolen goods and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
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