Gone in Sixty Seconds car thieves jailed

Audi R8
Thieves who stole more than £540k worth of cars and then sold them on Auto Trader have been jailed for 13 years.

The three crooks, dubbed "Gone in Sixty Seconds", set their sights on stealing premium and exotic machinery from luxury houses.

The gang targeted 11 houses in East Lancashire in Spring 2011 and stole a Ferrari, a Bentley Continental, a Range Rover Sport, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a BMW X5, an Audi R8 and a Q7.

The haul totalled more than £543k – only one was recovered while another unfortunate motor was cut up into little pieces.

The cars were sold on the online used car advertising portal Auto Trader to unsuspecting members of the public, with their identification numbers changed.

The gang were caught before they could carry out a plan to steal another £587k worth of Bentleys, Maseratis and Ducati motorbikes.

Paul Holden, 32, Liam Hanbury, 30, and Damian Royale, 29, all from Bradford pleased guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Hanbury and Royale were both jailed for five years; Holden received a sentence of 40 months.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said: "This was serious and organised crime, with potentially very high rewards for those who were playing leading roles.

"The vehicles that you stole appear to have been disposed of more or less without trace and it's clear certain individuals were making a great deal of money out of what was going on."