Sentencing has been delivered for a group of eight men found guilty of a spate of 'myriapod' burglaries across the south of England.
Such was the weight of evidence stacked against the robbers - who had been targeting the car keys of unsuspecting motorists across Hertfordshire, Essex and London - they all pleaded guilty when faced with the charges at St Albans Crown Court earlier this summer.
And the threat the gang posed has since been clear to see, with a massive 67% drop in car key burglary reported across some areas of Hertfordshire following the investigation.
'Operation Bath' was the name given to the Herts' Specialist Investigation Team's pursuit of the thieves, who committed at least 55 key and car burglaries prior to April 2010.
The latest verdicts will prove a huge reward for Hertfordshire's Constabulary's Operation Scorpion drive to tackle vehicle crime in the area. The initiative is currently in its fifth month.
The forces involved have informed the public that the criminal group targeted pre-planned addresses and stole cars to order.
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