Dunmow man jailed for his part in criminal gang’s region wide crime spree
PUBLISHED: 08:47 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 December 2018
A Dunmow man who was part of a gang which committed more than 200 burglaries - including some in Essex - during an 11-month crime spree has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and was sentenced on December 6 at Norwich Crown Court alongside fellow gang members.
In total, members of the organised crime gang were jailed for 71 years.
The gang, which raided homes and businesses, including nearly 100 in Cambridgeshire, costing victims more than £2million, were convicted earlier in the year.
In a spree between February and December last year, members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight. They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.
Stolen vehicles were put on false plates and left in residential parking areas before being used to commit further crimes.
Most were raids on homes, although commercial premises and ATMs, including several in East Cambridgeshire, were also targeted. Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.
Sentencing, Judge Stephen Holt described the conspiracy as the most serious he had ever encountered and praised the police approach in tackling the gang.
Nine of the gang, including Stone-Parker, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.
A 10th man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on October 31 following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.
Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences reflect the scale and impact of this gang’s offending.
“Every one of their crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense. They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.”
DI Harrison formed a team dedicated to the burglary series after police began linking offences in the East Cambridgeshire area in the spring of last year.
High performance vehicles were being stolen, had their identities changed and were then later used in further crimes.
Some vehicles were never found and were disposed of through garages, or ‘chop shop’ premises, including one in Algores Way, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, where they were cut up for parts with a view to selling on or export.
The gang targeted homes in rural areas, where they could make easy getaways and stole high-performance vehicles to give themselves a better chance of out-running police.
Two other men - James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, 54, of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge - were also found guilty of handling stolen goods on October 31 following a trial at Norwich Crown Court.
The court heard the men were involved in the disposal of jewellery between March 12 and November 7, 2017.
Pateman was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Brown eight years.
Simon Oakley, who owns Stratton Quick Fit, a garage and workshop at Elite Business Park, in Salamanca Road, Norwich, had previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.
He provided false registration plates and directed others to commit crime. He helped to hide stolen vehicles and pass them off as legitimate.