Innovative UK car theft kingpin jailed
The five members of the ring, ranging from in age from 22 to 40 years old, would steal a car in a residential burglary or a carjacking, or occasionally buy one from salvage. Then they'd find a vehicle at a used car dealer that matched the stolen one. Khan's crew would then make the stolen car a ringer for the dealer car by creating a service history, inscribing a VIN number, and creating a matching number plate. Once sold to a buyer, they'd wait a few days and then steal it again, find another ringer, and resell it.
They stole 37 cars worth about £340,000 (roughly $520,000 USD) before they were caught, mostly innocuous runners like Honda Civics and Escorts. Recycling their wares up to three times, they made "in the region of £1.2 million," or about $1.8 million Yankee dollars.
For his illicit craftiness, Khan has received 4.5 years in jail at the hands of London's Southwark Crown Court.
[Source: The Telegraph]
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