Burglary gang 'stole almost £500k worth of cars from homes'
A burglary gang spent months raiding homes for high-end cars worth almost £500,000 in total across the West Midlands, a court heard.
Brothers Alimaan and Adnan Hussain and Silkander Farooq organised and dealt with stolen cars, and sent out the team of burglars including Nathan Somers and Aqeel Hussain to raid homes, Mr Peter Arnold, prosecuting, said.
Items or cars were stolen from homes in Walsall, Cannock, Rugeley, and Sutton Coldfield between March 2015 and May 2017. The stolen cars were worth between £10,000 and £100,000 each.
Mr Arnold said: "This was a well organised conspiracy spread over several months. In total cars valued at £492,000 were stolen.
"Very little was recovered, reflecting a well organised scheme.
"Alimaan and Adnan Hussain and Farooq organised and dealt with stolen cars.
"They sent out a team of burglars including Somers and Aqeel Hussain at night to target houses with expensive cars on driveways. They were then brought back to be organised.
"The first three exercised control over the burglars that they used. They decided their activities, there was significant planning."
Among items stolen included a BMW 6 series worth £35,000 and a Kia Sorento were taken from a home in Walsall, a number of items including a Peugeot car key were taken from a home in Rugeley, and an attempted burglary took place on the same road, an Audi car key was taken from Sutton Coldfield, and an Audi TT and a Citroen were taken from a Cannock home.
Mr Benjamin Williams, on behalf of Adnan Hussain, said he was in contact "occasionally with people during the periods of time".
'Get in, get out'
He added: "Even his most recent conviction is now of some age."
Mr Balbir Singh, on behalf of Alimaan Hussain, said that prior to this offending, he was a man of good character.
He added that Alimaan Hussain once moved away from home to pursue a career representing his country boxing then returned about seven years ago.
Mr Ayoub Khan, representing Farooq, said he was the "mechanic not an organiser" and has no previous convictions.
Ms Sharon Bailey, defending Hladkiy, said although he has previous convictions, "there is nothing that indicated he's been involved in this level of crime before".
And Ms Lisa Hancox, defending Aqeel Hussain, said they were "very much 'get in, get out' burglaries" and part of his reason for offending was "peer pressure".
Alimaan Hussain, 27, and Adnan Hussain, 28, both of Spring Lane, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary of houses.
Farooq, 25, of Fellbrook Close, Birmingham was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary of houses, conspiracy to handle stolen goods, and handling stolen goods after a trial.
Aqeel Hussain, 23, from Spring Lane, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and attempted burglary.
Somers, 25, of Tangmere Drive, Castle Vale, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to burglary and handling stolen goods.
Gavin Hladkiy, 32, of Wilmore Road, Perry Barr admitted handling stolen goods.
The sentencing will continue on Monday.
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