Eleven men jailed for Greater Manchester burglary spree
Burglary gang jailed for a total of 55 years at Manchester Crown Court
Eleven men have been jailed for a total of 55 years in Manchester Crown Court for their part in a £100,000 burglary spree committed across the North West.
The group of men committed multiple offences between June 6 and July 30 throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, using stolen cars to travel to their targeted areas.
On June 7 members of the group carried out a house burglary in Bramhall and stole the owners’ Mini Countrymen, and on July 15 the group broke into a home in Portwood, Stockport, and took the residents’ black VW Golf. The gang of thieves also targeted ATM machines outside banks and shops.
The burglary spree netted the men more than £100,000 in cash and valuable goods, and caused more than £52,000 worth of damage at the targeted homes and businesses as they used sledge-hammers and saws to gain entry to many of the properties.
The oldest member of the gang at age 40 was jailed for four years and four months, and the youngest member, aged 23, from Edgeley, was sentenced to six years imprisonment. In total the burglars were jailed for 55 years.
Police Constable Richard McCorry commented on the sentencing: “This group organised and orchestrated a burglary spree that spanned across the North West … I hope these sentences show the lengths we will go to, to stop organised criminals from blighting our communities and damaging people’s lives and businesses.”
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