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Car thieves ordered to pay back £250,000

Top row (l-r) Martin Warren, Jacqueline Neal and Del Swane, 
Bottom row (l-r) Christoper Neal, Jason Warren and Andra Hoyland

Top row (l-r) Martin Warren, Jacqueline Neal and Del Swane, Bottom row (l-r) Christoper Neal, Jason Warren and Andra Hoyland

A family of car thieves has been ordered to pay back a quarter of a million pounds of their criminal gains.

The gang, who targeted farmers and builders living in rural communities in the Harborough area and beyond, were ordered by a judge at Northampton Crown Court last Friday to pay back £253,322 or face longer prison terms.

The family, Martin Warren, his partner Jacqueline Neal, and their two sons Christopher Neal and Jason Warren were originally sentenced in February.

They ran a criminal business that saw Land Rovers being stolen, netting them in excess of £1 million between 2005 and 2010.

In February this year, Martin Warren (52) from Crawshaws Road, Birmingham, was found guilty by a jury, of conspiracy to steal, convert and conceal criminal property.

He was sentenced to six years for conspiracy to steal, three years for conspiracy to convert – to be served consecutively, and three years for conspiracy to conceal – to be served concurrently.

Last week, at a proceeds of crime hearing, he was ordered to pay back £159,928 within 30 months.

Jacqueline Neal (53) from Crawshaws Road, Birmingham, was found guilty of conspiracy to convert and conceal criminal property. She was sentenced to two years and nine months.

Last week she was ordered to pay back £78,154 within 20 months.

Christopher Neal (30) from Crawshaws Road, Birmingham, was found guilty of conspiracy to convert and conceal criminal property. He was sentenced to two years.

Last week he was ordered to pay back £12,842 within six months.

Jason Warren (22) from Crawshaws Road, Birmingham, was found guilty of conspiracy to convert and conceal criminal property. He was sentenced to one year and six months.

Last week he was ordered to pay back £2,397 within four months.

The investigation, which began in August 2010, saw Northamptonshire officers identify Andra Hoyland (29) from Northampton Road, Broughton as the thief.

He would target rural communities, often farmers and builders who owned Land Rovers, break into their car and start it up.

The driver – Del Swane (50) from Cardigan Place, Kettering - would then drive the car up to Birmingham and meet the handler – Martin Warren.

Martin together with his family ran a business in Forge Lane, Minworth, Birmingham specialising in the sale of Land Rovers and parts.

At the centre of the operation was Martin Warren, supported by his partner Jacqueline Neal, who ran the family accounts. Their sons Christopher Neal and Jason Warren helped run the business.

The investigation revealed that Land Rovers had been stolen from across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire - including in Harborough district, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire.

In Northamptonshire, Land Rovers were stolen from Rushden, Middleton Cheney, Yardley Hastings, Newnham, Desborough and Lower Boddington.

Following the arrests, Andra Hoyland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was sentenced to four years.

Del Swane pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was sentenced to two years.

Both men were sentenced in February.

Detective Inspector Louise Hemingway, who led the investigation, said: “This has been a long but successful investigation which has culminated in the confiscation of a quarter of a million pounds from this criminal family.

“Not only did they end up in prison for their crimes, but will now have to repay back a substantial amount of the money they made.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “As a result of successful investigations like this, we have been able to run a very effective POCA grants scheme where we can give the confiscated money back to the communities.

“So far, through the grants, we have been able to support a wide range of schemes and organisations across the county who are using the money taken from criminal to help tackle the blight of crime in their communities or give victims the help and support they need.”

 

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