02:57AM, Monday 21 July 2014
Three members of an international luxury car smuggling ring who stole £5m worth of top range cars have been jailed for more than 12 years.
The group, which includes a 35-year-old man from Stoke Poges, were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday.
They are reported to have netted £5million between 2011 and 2013 in the theft or attempted theft of 33 high value vehicles, and the export of 85 high value vehicles.
They were convicted in June this year following an extensive investigation by Thames Valley Police, called Operation Sorrel.
Khalid Mahmood, of Duffield Lane, in Stoke Poges, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
He was also sentenced to six years and four months, to run concurrently, for conspiracy to export motor vehicles out of the country.
Mahmood had pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2013.
Irfan Rehman, 41, of New Bedford Road in Luton, was sentenced to three years and nine months for conspiracy to steal motor vehicles, which he had pleaded guilty to before the trial at Reading Crown Court began.
Amran Iqbal, 39, of Derby Road in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, was found guilty by jury of conspiracy to steal vehicles and was sentenced to three years in prison.
The stolen vehicles were fitted with tracking devices and had their keys copied so they could be snatched after they were returned to their owners.
The thieves also used the same tactics to swipe hire cars and vehicles valet parked near airports.
The nicked motors were exported for sale in east Africa.
A fourth member of the group, Andrew Murray, 50, of Barnard Road in Maidenhead, was also found guilty by jury on June 6 of conspiracy to steal vehicles, and will be sentenced next month.
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Police raided addresses in Lillibrooke Crescent, Cox Green, and in Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, at about 7.15am.