£1 million car-theft gang sent vehicles to South Africa

A SELECTION of the stolen cars that were recovered
A SELECTION of the stolen cars that were recovered

TWO Bulwell men were at the ‘top of the pyramid’ in a gang which stole £1 million worth of luxury cars in a large-scale operation, Nottingham Crown heard.

They were Ashley Charles (24), of Squires Avenue, and Kyle Morgan (25), of Potters Hollow.

The gang of 14 also included Aaron Wilson (24), formerly of Squires Avenue, and Hucknall was among the places where cars were taken.

James Thomas (prosecuting) said the offences were committed across the East Midlands. Some of the cars were shipped to South Africa and others were used to commit further crime.

Charles, Morgan and Wilson were among seven men, all from Nottinghamshire, who pleaded guilty to stealing tthe cars, having each been charged with conspiracy to commit burglaries.

Charles and Morgan had already been sentenced for their parts in the plot at Leicester Crown Court in August, when they were given 12 and 10 years respectively for robberies in Sheffield and Leicestershire.

They were given 12 months each for the burglaries to run concurrently with their sentences for the robberies.

Wilson was jailed for two years while Brendan Turley (27), formerly of Coleby Road, Broxtowe, was jailed for three years and nine months, Ashley Osbourne (26), of Hartley Road, Nottingham, got three years and nine months, Matthew Johnson (26) formerly of Mansfield Road, Blidworth, was jailed for 21 months and Andrew Wheelhouse (31),of Mansfield Road, Undeerwood, was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Serbian national Nikola Oblakovic was seen driving a number of the stolen cars. The 23-year-old, of Woburn Close, Leicester, was jailed for three yers and seven months.

Issa Ali, also known as Salem Marzouk (38) and formerly of Station Street East, Coventry, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods in containers and was jailed for three years.

Paul McGinley (29), formerly of Firbank Drive, Chilwell, owned a machine that made number plates. He admitted the same charge as Oblakovic and was jailed for 14 months.

Mark Mansfield (24), of Thorpe Astley, Leicestershire, received a two-year prison sentence for his part in the conspiracy..

Alan Mann (25), of Harwill Crescent, Aspley, was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months and was ordered to do 180 hours sof unpaid work.

Mattitizo Mkamdowic (28), formerly of McKee Close, Coventry, had been sentenced in October to six months for his part in loading the vehicles into the containers. He admitted possessing criminal property.

The sentences were the culmination of a lengthy investigation mounted by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s serious organised crime team.

They were supported by officers from Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire police forces with assistance from colleagues inb Derbyshire.

The opeation also involved the ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and the South African Police.

The investigation found that a total of 60 cars with a combined value of £1 million were stolen over a 12-month period.