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  • Ruthless Gang Who Burgled 38 Homes Is Jailed

    Mark Lavery - Yorkshire Evening Post - 28 March 2009




    Luxury cars worth more than £600,000 were stolen by a professional burglary gang in a terrifying two-year crime spree. Range Rovers, BMWs, Subaru Imprezas and Audi TTs were among 35 cars taken after the three stole keys in raids on 38 homes across the north including Leeds, Wakefield, Pontefract and Harrogate. A Leeds Crown Court judge jailed Louis Jones, 27, and brothers Kyle, 21, and Neil Whitaker, 26, for a total of 13 years. The gang kicked open one door and confronted a terrified woman holding her baby before stealing keys and driving off in her BMW. But they mainly struck in the dead of night as families slept by breaking locks on PVC doors.

    Also stolen was a £41,000 haul of property including a shotgun, cameras, children’s games machines, iPods and designer handbags and sunglasses. In one raid they escaped in a £50,000 Range Rover Sport and a £15,000 Audi A4 along with games consoles and a camera after forcing their way into a couples home in Pontefract. Cars taken included an Audi TT from Keddleston Road, Roundhay, Leeds; a Subaru Impreza from Beaumont Close, Wakefield; a VW Golf from Cavendish Road, Guiseley; a VW Golf from Tennyson Avenue, Harrogate; an Audi A4 and a BMW from, a house on Tewitt Well Road, Harrogate; an Audi A4 from Longwood Crescent, Shadwell, Leeds; a VW Golf from Burnley's Court, Methley; a VW Golf from Maple Avenue, Pontefract; and an Audi A3 from Springvale Close, Wakefield. The court heard when police raided the home that Neil Whitaker shared with girlfriend Kirsty Clay, 23, in Sandholme Drive, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, it was packed with stolen property including TVs, DVD players, laptops, Nintendo Wiis, Gucci sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton handbag.

    Jailing Neil Whitaker for four years eight months, Kyle Whitaker for five years and Louis Jones for three years six months, Recorder Deborah Sherwin told them: "These offences caused devastation to household after household with many people feeling afraid and insecure in their own homes." Jones, of Fencote Crescent, Bradford, Kyle Whitaker, of Poplar Woods Gardens, Ravenscliffe, Bradford, and his brother had admitted conspiracy to burgle and steal between June 2006 and April last year. Clay, who lied to police to protect Neil Whitaker, admitted perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods. She was handed a two-year community order and 200 hours unpaid work.

    Other areas they targeted included Cleckheaton, Bradford, Richmond, Chesterfield, Market Weighton, Huddersfield and York.

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