Man jailed over car thefts plot

Another man has been jailed for his role in a plot to steal luxury cars such as BMWs and Mercedes from drives across four counties.

An organised criminal gang netted property worth more than £1.5 million from addresses across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, and it is thought they were planning to export the vehicles for sale in Poland.

Marcin Mikolajczak, 29, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison at Luton Crown Court for conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

Mikolajczak, formerly of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, was extradited from Poland last November and is the 11th man to be jailed in connection with the scheme.

The gang was eventually caught when more than 100 police officers from a joint operation featuring Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire forces raided addresses in the Luton, Wellingborough and Northampton areas last January.

A substantial quantity of suspected stolen property was recovered and a total of 11 men and women were arrested

Detective Inspector Jon Gilbert, who led the investigation, said: "House burglary has a significant detrimental impact on local communities. Anyone who commits such a crime will be tracked down and brought to justice."

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