THREE young men who were caught red-handed as they tried to steal copper cable from a railway repair yard at the former army camp near Stratford-upon-Avon have been jailed.
Gheorghe Chilian, Ionut Crecea and Ion Ruset pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a charge of attempted theft from the Motorail Logistics Park at Long Marston.
Chilian, aged 18,of Rood End Road, Oldbury, and Crecea, 21, of Sydenham Road, Smethwick, were both jailed for eight months.
But Ruset, 21, of Kentish Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, who Mr Justice John Saunders said he was satisfied was the ringleader, was jailed for 12 months.
Motorail Logistics repair, refurbish and store railway rolling stock at what was formerly the MoD’s Central Engineer Park at Long Marston, the court heard.
There had been a number of thefts from the site, and in the early hours of 3rd February the police were alerted to suspicious activity, said prosecutor Lal Amarasinghe. The defendants had scaled a fence to get in, and had started to identify lengths of copper cable to steal. When officers arrived they found £3,000 worth of cable had been put to one side ready to steal.
The three thieves fled and hid on the huge site, but were found with the aid of the police helicopter and arrested, added Mr Amarasinghe.
Jailing the three men, Mr Justice Saunders said thefts of copper cable had become prevalent, and sentences had to be passed which would deter others.
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