A member of a gang of thieves stole six cars valued at a total of £146,000 and tried selling them off for a few hundred pounds each.
Nathan Green, 31, of Lawrence Street, Grimsby admitted conspiracy to steal the cars from GBA’s car compound on Armstrong Street last Christmas. He also admitted burglary of a Grimsby Cash Converters store and attempted burglary at The Range and at a Grimsby Spar shop, when he appeared at Grimsby Crown Court.
Prosecuting, Stuart Bell said Green had played a leading role in the gang’s theft of six cars from the Armstrong Street car compound on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day last year. They returned each day and took a total of six cars including a Range Rover and an Audi S3. The total value of the cars was estimated at £146,000.
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The security office of the premises was damaged along with a CCTV system. They had targeted the premises over the Festive period, knowing there would be no one around and they could escape undetected, said Mr Bell.
On January 16, Green and an accomplice broke into Cash Converters and stole two second-hand flatscreen TVs. The following day they targeted the Range on Victoria Street and attempted to gain entry at a rear door, causing damage. But they were unsuccessful. A short time later they tried to enter a Spar shop but triggered an alarm.
Police pursued a silver Land Rover used as a getaway car. The burglars fled from the car when it was stopped by police. Following investigations, Green was arrested and taken to Birchin Way custody suite where he was abusive towards a custody officer.
He became threatening after he complained about the lack of toilet roll in his cell and said he would defecate on the cell floor. Mr Bell told the court, Green said the officer would be followed home and get his windows smashed in.
The officer said he had to invest in a home security system worth thousands of pounds. In a statement the officer said: “I come to work to protect the public and the community. I do not come to work to be threatened. We are still human and do not deserve to be treated like this and have threats made.”
Green has 45 convictions for 89 offences and had offences recorded against him since the age of 14 years, the court heard.
For Green, Tim Savage disputed his client’s significant role and said the thefts of the cars was not sophisticated. He said four of the cars had been recovered. He said his client had tried to sell one of the cars for just £1,500.
Mr Savage said his client had been released from prison in 2019 and had formed a relationship and got a job in construction. He had ended his association with people from his criminal past.
“Due to the pandemic, he lost his job and the hope that he had started to build for a new life. He started hanging around with the same people as before,” his barrister told.
Judge Michael Fanning said he recognised the impact the pandemic had on Green. He said the defendant was selling them at remarkably low prices, given their value. He jailed Green for two years and eight months.