A Burbage man along with two others who were involved in facilitating stolen vehicles have been sentenced for their part in the offences.
In December 2020 officers executed a warrant at Matthew Newall’s home in Burbage and at a site he was associated with in Leicester Forest East.
At the time of this enforcement Newall was also on court bail for similar offences.
Newall, 30, of Freemans Lane, Burbage, was arrested and subsequently charged with conspiracy to receive stolen goods between July and December 2020. He pleaded guilty to the offence in October 2021.
During the investigation detectives identified two other men who were involved in receiving stolen vehicles.
Two others - Anthony Ledeatt, 60, of Desford Road, Thurlaston, and Grant Vernon, 29, of Ronald Toon Road, Earl Shilton – pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods at a hearing in December last year.
Following their plea Ledeatt was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months and Vernon was sentenced to a community order.
On Thursday (17 February) Newall was sentenced to four years in prison for the offence.
Prior to the police activity in December, officers established that Newall (pictured) was involved in receiving stolen vehicles from across the West Midlands and the county.
CCTV evidence obtained during the investigation revealed Ledeatt and Vernon’s involvement in the theft of vehicles from across the region. They were seen pulling into service stations and refuelling the stolen vehicles before driving them across the country on false plates
DC Damian Young was the investigating officer, he said: “By receiving the stolen goods all three men provided car thieves with the facility to offload their stolen vehicles.
“His role was critical in the process of stealing vehicles so we’re pleased that he has admitted to the offences and hopefully stopped him from facilitating these offences in the future.
“We worked closely with the local authority and jointly identified concerns about the site in Leicester Forest East.
“We will continue to carry out operations of this nature and tackle those that facilitate crime and cause concerns within our communities.
“If anyone has any concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour in the area they are asked to report it via www.leics.police.uk.”