Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gang Stole PS1m of Parts from Nissan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gang Stole PS1m of Parts from Nissan

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

APROFESSIONAL gang stole almost PS1m of car parts from Nissan then flogged them on eBay.

Using inside men who worked for Nissan and firms linked to the Washington car manufacturer, the crooks helped themselves to expensive parts.

Four ringleaders in the gang were yesterday jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after undercover police smashed the plot.

The court heard they stole at least 330 satellite navigation units, valued at PS2,600 each, selling them on ebay for PS150.

Sentencing nine of the gang, Judge Jeremy Freedman said: "The conspiracy to steal the goods and the handling of them has the hallmarks of professionalism.

"It involved people on the inside stealing the items and passing them on to others."

Nissan had contacted police in January 2012 after the firm noticed new car components for sale on eBay for a fraction of their value.

An undercover probe was launched, code-named Operation Broadway.

It emerged that most of the stolen items were being passed to father and son Anthony and Stephen Ganley.

Stephen Ganley, who used to work at Nissan, sold 88 of the satnav units, worth PS230,000, through his eBay account.

He also ordered the theft of a pallet of 96 of the units and was duped into meeting undercover officers to arrange deals on the parts.

Ganley, 30, of Padgate Road, Pennywell, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle stolen goods and was jailed for five years.

Anthony Ganley, 48, of the same address, owned and ran a car radio shop in Trimdon, Sunderland, and claimed he was offered the stolen parts at a knock down price.

He admitted the same charges as his son and was jailed for three years.

Kris Beckwith and David Evans worked for a delivery firm which move components around for Nissan between warehouses and the factory. …

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