CAR key burglars have been jailed after being hunted down by police using tracking data.
Two men from Birmingham were linked to 12 offences across the West Midlands and were sentenced to four years and eight months.
Nathan Lumbard was identified after he was linked to a vehicle ‘acting suspiciously’ in Henley.
Tracking data from the vehicle hired by the 29-year-old, mobile phones and road cameras, linked him and Robert Craig Wood to several burglaries and attempted burglaries in areas around Stratford, Droitwich and Solihull.
The offences saw a number of high value vehicles stolen, including Audis and BMWs.
After raiding a business premises in Redditch, police found stolen car parts and a seized shotgun which had been stolen during a burglary in Henley.
Appearing at Warwick Crown Court, Wood, of Dawlish Road, and Lumbard, of Greaves Square, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle.
Wood admitted involvement in all 12 offences and Lumbard admitted involvement of ten of them.
Another arrested man John O’Shaughnessy, 31, of Kenilworth House, Hollybank Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to possession of the shotgun seized during the raid and handling stolen goods. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
Det Con Karl Brennan said: “The offenders targeted high value vehicles and I’m pleased the court has recognised the extent of their offending in giving them lengthy prison sentences.”