£1.5 million car thieves jailed

THREE MEN who stole dozens of expensive cars worth around £1.5 million in were jailed on Friday 16 October 2009.

Netiale Coudjoe, 18, of Holmcroft Road, Gorton, Keaton Samuels, 18, of Netherton Road, Fallowfield, and Marcus Wilhelm, born 18 of Montreal Street, Levenshulme, pleaded guilty to a number of offences at an earlier hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Coudjoe pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary and conspiracy to convert stolen goods. Samuels pleaded guilty to six offences of burglary and conspiracy to convert stolen goods while Wilhelm pleaded guilty to robbery, two offences of burgalry and conspiracy to convert stolen goods.

They were all today sentenced to three years imprisonment.

All three men were arrested by officers from Stockport’s Volume Crime Team as part of Operation Mimot  an investigation into burglaries and robberies in and around Stockport, most of which involved the theft of vehicles from outside houses.

Between October 2007 and February 2009, the gang stole dozens of high performance cars, including Porches and BMWs.

On most occasions they either sneaked into the house and stole the car keys before driving off or they smashed their way through a back door and stole the keys.

On one occasion, on 5 January 2009, the three men burst into the kitchen of a house on Manor Road, Altrincham, and threatened a 26-year-old man with a hammer, demanding he hand over the keys to his VW Golf.

Fearing for his safety he handed the keys over.

Detective Constable Malcolm Such, of Stockport Volume Crime Team, said: “This was a prolific gang who targeted mainly expensive cars parked outside houses in Stockport, Fallowfield and Altrincham.

“Their preferred method was to sneak or break into a house and escape with the keys. However, as the robbery in Altrincham shows they did not shy away from using or threatening violence.”


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