A man is starting a four year jail term for stealing alloys worth £35,000 from cars at a dealership in Crewe.
The first incident occurred on the evening of Sunday 4 December when five vehicles, parked on the Audi Garage forecourt, were attacked and the full sets of their alloy wheels were removed and stolen. The theft totalled approximately £35,000
The second incident occurred just one week later, on Sunday 11th December 2016, when the same dealership was targeted but the offenders were disturbed.
Scott Meakin, 28, of Sutcliffe Street, Royton, was arrested nearby.
He initially denied any involvement in either of the incidents.
Officers were able to use mobile phone cell site analysis to prove that he was at the garage at the time the first incident occurred.
In addition, officers were also able to prove that Meakin had been present at a five further Audi garages at the same time similar offences had been committed (Macclesfield, Carlisle, Manchester, Preston and Bolton).
Meakin was interviewed again and, faced with the overwhelming evidence, admitted he was involved all of the offences.
He has been sentenced to four years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of going equipped for theft and one count of damage to a vehicle. Five other regional offences taken into consideration during his sentencing.
Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Richard Johnson said: “This is a great result and I hope that the sentence handed down to Meakin acts as a warning to other offenders who are looking to come to Cheshire to commit crime.
“I’d like to thank all of the officers that were involved in this investigation, as a result of their hard work and the overwhelming evidence that they gathered, Meakin was left with no option but to plead guilty to all of the charges brought against him.”
Further arrests have been made in relation to the incidents and one men and two women are currently on police bail with one man still outstanding.