A gang who stole luxury Range Rovers in Altrincham, Hale and Hale Barns has been jailed.
The five thieves, who were aged between 28 and 33, were linked to the thefts of 11 Range Rovers, Range Rover Sports and a Land Rover Sport, worth up to £100,000 each.
The luxury cars were taken from car parks, town centres and private driveways across Altrincham, Hale and Hale Barns, as well as Alderley Edge, Poynton and Rochdale.
Manchester Crown Court this week heard that the men would roam wealthy areas in a blue BMW, before using signal jammers and skeleton keys to unlock the cars. Many of the robberies took place in broad daylight.
Some of the cars were stolen from supermarket car parks including Booths in Hale Barns.
One victim had his £80,000 Range Rover stolen while he was collecting a prescription in Hale.
The spree took place between April 18th and May 12th this year before the gang’s BMW was intercepted with all five men inside on May 13th.
Michael Andrews, 33, of Rochdale, and Faisal Hussain, 29, of Royton, were each sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
Nazish Shakeel, 30, of Longsight, was jailed for three years and seven months, and Jonathan Langley, 28, of Rochdale, was handed a three-year sentence.
Shaun Andrews, 28, of Rochdale, received a 19-month suspended sentence.
One of the men was found to have £19,000 in cash at his home address, which has since been confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
All five pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal the high-value vehicles, and all defendants, except for Shaun Andrews, also pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Walton in Trafford said: “This is an excellent result for Trafford Neighbourhood Crime Team. Here at GMP, we are committed to bringing car thieves such as these to justice, ensuring they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“We would encourage anyone who has a high-value car to double check the doors are physically locked before walking away from their car and when at home consider keeping their keys in the faraday bags.
“We can be contacted via the website gmp.police.uk, by dialling 101 or information can be passed anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”