05:33AM, Friday 06 June 2014
Members of an organised crime gang including a man from Maidenhead has been found guilty of stealing cars worth £5m after an 11-week trial.
Andrew Murray, aged 50, of Bannard Road in Maidenhead was found guilty by jury of conspiracy to steal vehicles, at Reading Crown Court today.
Amran Iqbal, aged 39, of Derby Road in Beeston, Nottinghamshire was also found guilty by jury of conspiracy to steal vehicle.
In October 2013, before the trial, another member of the group, Khalid Mahmood, aged 35, of Duffield Lane in Stoke Poges, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and conspiracy to export motor vehicles out of the country.
Halfway through the trial, Irfan Rehman, aged 41, of New Bedford Road in Luton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
The group is estimated to have made around £5million between 2011 and 2013 in the theft or attempted theft of 33 high value vehicles and the export of 85 high value vehicles.
Detective superintendent David Poole, head of specialist operations at Thames Valley Police, said: "These successful convictions are the culmination of many months of hard work by Thames Valley Police, working in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service and Jaguar Land Rover and I am grateful for their support.
"I am pleased that through our actions many members of the public have not had to suffer the loss of their cars and the inconvenience this causes. My message to anyone offending in our communities is ‘we are coming for you next'."
The group are due to be sentenced in September.
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