Car key burglary gang sentences revealed

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Eleven men have been sentenced for their parts in a professional plot to steal and sell cars burgled from homes across our area.

Police say the gang, a mix of burglars and stolen car handlers, were responsible for the biggest car key burglary operation ever uncovered in the country.

Five of the gang had pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to receive stolen goods at earlier hearings.

Serbian national Nikola Oblakovic, 23, of Woburn Close, Leicester, was jailed for three years and seven months.

Issa Ali, also known as Salum Marzouk, aged 38, and formerly of Station Street West, Coventry, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods. Ali was responsible for storing the stolen cars in containers at Bradnocks Marsh container yard in Solihull. He was jailed for three years.

Paul McGinley, 29, formerly of Firbank Court, Chilwell, owned the machine that made false plates. He was jailed for 14 months.

Mark Mansfield, 24, of Tuffleys Way, Thorpe Astley, received a prison sentence of two years.

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

Six others pleaded guilty to stealing the cars, having each been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Brendan Turley, 27, formerly of Coleby Road, Broxtowe, was jailed for three years and nine months.

Ashley Osbourne, 26, of Hartley Road, Nottingham, was also jailed for three years and nine months.

James Clarke, 22, formerly of Bells Lane, Aspley, was jailed for three years

Aaron Wilson, 24, formerly of Squires Lane, Bulwell, was jailed for two years

Matthew Johnson, 26, formerly of Mansfield Road, Blidworth, was jailed for 21 months.

Andrew Wheelhouse, 31, of Mansfield Road, Underwood, was given a 12 month sentence suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to 200 hours unpaid work.

A twelfth man Matatizo Mkamdawire, 28, formerly of William McKee Close, Coventry, had been sentenced in October to six months in prison for his part in loading the vehicles into the containers. He admitted a charge of possessing criminal property.

Ashley Charles, 24, of Squires Avenue, Bulwell, and Kyle Morgan, 25, of Potters Hollow, Bulwell, had already been sentenced for their part in the plot at Leicester Crown Court in August when they were given 12 and 10-year sentences respectively for committing armed cash-in-transit robberies in Sheffield and Leicestershire. They were given 12 months each for the burglaries to run concurrently to their sentences for the robberies.