Eight men have been jailed for a total of almost 30 years for a spate of break-ins, which a judge described as “career criminality played for high stakes”.
The men, five of whom are from Kidderminster, two from Halesowen and one from Stourport, were sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, an offence that included 24 burglaries between them.
They stole £98,210 in stock or money from businesses across the Midlands, Hereford Crown Court heard.
They also caused £43,000 of damage to the firms between June and October 2011. Terence Hodgkins, aged 35, Andrew Perry – also known as Andrew Sadler, 26, and Jamie Worrall, 26, were jailed for six years.
Timothy Smith, 22, got three-and-a-half years, Mark Wilson, 42, who is serving a current prison sentence, was jailed for three years, Neil Davis, 42, for two years, Jordan Taylor, 22, received a 30-month sentence and Michael Cope, 25, 18 months.