Men who stole £10k worth of copper in Lichfield jailed
A group of men who stole more than £10,000 worth of copper wiring from a business in Lichfield have been jailed for seven years and eight months.
Six men were caught by officers after being seen loading copper wiring into their red van from Anixter Limited in Fradley between 1.30am and 3am on November 29 last year.
An officer spotted the heavily loaded red Mercedes Vito van in convoy with a VW Passatt on the A38 and they were later followed on the M6 southbound. Both vehicles were stopped by officers and cut up copper cable was found and seized from the van.
Heavy duty cable cutters and two sets of bolt cutters were also found in the VW Passatt.
The six men, who all pleaded guilty, removed a security fence and stole cable to the value of £10,082.
Georgian Boghici, 19, of Elsetree Hill South, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to 16 months. He was also sentenced to a further 28 months for two counts of burglary in London.
Florin Arpad, 20, of Maple Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex, Marian Miron, 38, of Far End, Northampton, Marius Boghici, 22, of Elstree Hill South, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and Florin Rusu, 26, of no fixed address, were given 15 months in prison.
Gherasim Cretu, 38, of Elstree Hill South, Borehamwood, Herfordshire, was handed 18 months in prison.
Georgian Boghici was sentenced on March 27. The rest were all sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on March 20.
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