Three men have been sentenced for a total of more than six years for their part in the thefts of hundreds of power tools.
Daniel Casey, Kiaren Joyce, and Dipen Gohill, recently appeared at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to receiving and handling stolen goods at a previous hearing.
Following an extensive police investigation, it was found that the three were involved in the handling of 573 power tools, along with business laptops, and manual tools, stolen from work vans across Leicestershire and Rutland between January and May last year.
The court heard that 28-year-old Gohill, who was storing the items in a secure lock-up, was selling the stolen power tools on market stalls around the country.
Casey (24), of Golf Course Lane, Leicester, pleaded guilty to receiving and handling stolen goods between January 1, 2015 and May 23, 2015 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Joyce (24), also of Golf Course Lane, entered a guilty plea to the same charge and was handed a 27-month prison sentence.
The third man, Gohill, of Primrose Hill, Oadby, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods and handling stolen goods between the same dates. He was handed a 13-month sentence.
Five vehicles and two caravans belonging to the three were also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The sentencing of the trio was at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday, February 25.
Detective Inspector Jonny Monks, who was one of the investigating officers, said: “This was a lengthy and complex investigation which led us to the three responsible for hundreds of thefts across the county.
“After their arrests, we were able to reunite 223 power tools, worth £63,600, with their rightful owners.
“A high volume of officers were involved in the investigation to track down the suspects, who had, through their actions, stopped many tradesmen being able to work. But the work does not stop here, and we are working towards stripping them of items bought with the proceeds of crime.
“These three criminals are responsible for a high volume of crime and their prison sentences are a clear message that we take all reports of theft seriously and will continue to tackle offences that affect people the most.”