Four men from Birmingham and Tamworth have been given a combined sentenced of 28 years after stealing high performance vehicles in Lichfield and attaching false number plates to avoid police detection.

The crimes took place in January and detectives say arresting the men has prevented further vehicles being stolen.

Kieron Donovan, 31, of Kingsleigh Drive, Castle Bromwich, was found guilty by a jury at Stafford Crown Court on July 31 of conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to commit burglary and using a vehicle without insurance.

Louis Smith, 30, of Marmion Park, Tamworth was found guilty on the same day of conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to commit burglary, dangerous driving and using a vehicle without insurance.

Daniel Williams, 31, of Bishops Close, Erdington, and Dean Millard, 48, of Reynoldstown Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to commit burglary and using a vehicle without insurance at an earlier hearing.

In the early hours of January 18 two Audi S3s were stolen from Fletcher Drive in Fradley and Aspen Close in Lichfield where the four men broke into each house, stole the keys and drove the vehicles away.

Seven hours later the same vehicles were spotted displaying cloned registration plates in an attempt to avoid police detection.

Donovan and Williams were arrested later that day in Small Heath in possession of one of the stolen vehicles. Millard was arrested in Fazeley on January 19.

Smith escaped from the police on January 18 after a pursuit with a white Audi S3 that took place in the area of Burlington Road, Bordesley Green. Smith, who was driving, crashed the Audi into several police vehicles and parked cars on Mansel Road before making his escape.

After repeated efforts to track him down, Smith was then arrested on May 15 in Tamworth.

Being sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on August 3, Donovan received 8 years 3 months, Smith received 5 years and 10 months, and Millard received 6 years and 2 months. Williams was sentenced on 6 August and received 6 years and 9 months.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Martin, from Staffordshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “These four men caused great distress to two innocent families, with the potential for more thefts if they were not caught.

“Their reckless acts resulted in thousands of pounds of damage and we are thankful for the victims coming forward to help us catch those responsible.”

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