Members of a gang who carried out more than a dozen burglaries across the Midlands targeting high performance cars and family gold, have been locked up.
Homes in Great Barr, Lichfield and Birmingham were targeted and when the men were arrested, mobile phones revealed photographs of piles of cash and stolen goods.
Four defendants have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court while a fifth will be sentenced later this month.
The break-ins took place between July and October 2012, the court heard.
Det Con Mike Wright from Force CID said police from West Midlands Police’s proactive burglary team arrested a youth in Aldridge Road, Perry Barr in October 2012, and found him to be in possession of mole grips and a screwdriver.
At the time there were a significant number of house burglaries in the north Birmingham area involving ‘lock snapping’ using these tools.
Investigations found that there were a total of five men committing the break-ins between July and October 2012.
The five were arrested in December and they were charged with conspiracy to burgle.
On Friday Ashley Mullen, aged 22, from Humberston Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham was jailed for two years and eight months plus a further six months for breaching a suspended sentence for burglary.
Sashon Brown, 19, from Doidge Road, Erdington and Rayon Reid, 18, from Westwood View, Pype Hayes were both locked up for three years.
A 17-year-old from Erdington was sentenced to two years in custody.
The men were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to 12 burglaries across Great Barr, Perry Barr, Kingstanding, Erdington, Sutton Coldfield and two burglaries that took place in Lichfield.
Det Con Wright added: “Through proactive policing, the ring leader was arrested, which in turn led to the evidence of the group’s activities being recovered.
“This showed the group were discussing committing burglaries on an almost daily basis and a number of offences were identified.
“They targeted high performance cars and family gold.
“Their mobile phones contained photos of piles of cash and stolen goods.
“The number of burglaries in these areas has significantly reduced since their arrests and convictions,” he said.
A fifth member of the group, who also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced when he returns to court on October 28.