A gang that stole £2.8m luxury vehicles including Range Rovers, BMWs and Mercedes has been jailed after targeting a car park at Heathrow Airport.
Seventy-two cars were stolen by thieves across London and the South East between December 2019 and October 2020.
Criminals have targeted cars with keyless technology on residential roads, driveways and front-of-dealer aisles, using a device to program a new digital key in just a few minutes. seconds allowing them to get in and out and drive.
The investigation was launched after several burglaries from a Heathrow parking lot.
One sits on top of a shipping container to Ghana, while the others are re-plated and used for private crimes or dismantled for parts in “hash shops”.
Four men were jailed for a total of more than 20 years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday after admitting their roles, the Metropolitan Police said.
Ringleader James Howsen, 32, from Brentwood, Essex, was jailed for six years and eight months and banned from driving for six years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal, dangerous driving, burglary and appropriation serious vehicle.
Dwaine Dixon, 29, from Woodford Green, Essex, was jailed for 5 years and 11 months for conspiracy to steal and steal.
Jack MacLeod, 29, without a permanent home, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison and stripped of his driving privileges for two years and eight months for conspiracy to steal, burglary, two counts of dangerous driving, ABH, and vehicle aggravation charges.
Brodi Higgins, 24, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 4 years and 1 month in prison and stripped of his driving privileges for 2 years and 10 months for conspiracy to steal, burglary, car theft and dangerous driving .
PC Barry Munnelly, Met aviation police commander who led the investigation, said: “This gang has been traveling around London and the South East carrying out these brazen thefts – at all times. during the day from residential roads, private driveways and car dealership foregrounds. .
“In some cases, they drive recklessly, with no regard for the safety of the public or the police.”
Four other members of the gang were jailed earlier this year.