Sep 6 2012 By Jenny Gray
GANG members have been sentenced for their involvement in the theft of a quarter of a million pounds’ worth of motorcycles and cars.
Two men from Uxbridge and one from West Drayton were part of a group which targeted specialist motorbike stores and owners of luxury bikes and cars in Hillingdon, Berkshire and Surrey over five months last year.
Their gang’s exploits included stealing a £50,000 Subaru Impreza racing car from the Santa Pod racetrack in Bedfordshire – after which they called the owner threatening to destroy the car unless he handed over £5,000.
In total, 16 motorbikes were stolen, nine or which were recovered by police. Eleven defendants admitted charges of theft, burglary and handling stolen goods between them.
Ten were sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday. The remaining man will be sentenced at a later date due to illness.
Daniel O’Keefe, 31, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge, was jailed for five years for handling a stolen motorcycle, four counts of theft and one of burglary.
His half-brother, Craig Wells, 22, of Chesnut Avenue, West Drayton, was jailed for three years and eight months for two counts of handling, two of theft and one of burglary.
Daniel Pope, 21, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge, was jailed for six months, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and obey 10pm to 6am curfew until November, for handling stolen motorcycle parts.
The men were arrested after police executed a series of search warrants in July last year and recovered a large amount of property.
Detective Inspector John Cracknell, from the London Crime Squad, said after last week’s hearing: “This excellent result demonstrates our determination and commitment in identifying and bringing to justice criminals responsible for these types of offences.”