Three sentenced in connection with catalytic convertor thefts
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Three men have been jailed in connection with a series of vehicle crime offences in Dacorum.
On the evening of Wednesday 5 April, police received several reports of catalytic convertors being stolen from vehicles across Hemel Hempstead.
Details of the offenders’ vehicle were circulated and it was subsequently spotted by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit.
The vehicle made off, travelling at speeds in excess of 70mph in a 30mph zone, on the wrong side of the carriageway.
The occupants fled after the vehicle was brought to a tactical stop by police and were arrested a short time later.
Several catalytic convertors and a number of power tools were discovered inside the vehicle.
Following an investigation by the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, the men were charged and brought before the courts.
They have since been sentenced as follows:
Barney Joyce, aged 21, of no fixed address. Sentenced to 35 months detention in a young offenders’ institute after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal (catalytic convertors), theft from motor vehicle and dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for 26 months and is required to take an extended re-test.
Jordan Joyce, aged 23, from Bitteswell in Leicestershire. Sentenced to 27 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal (catalytic convertors) and theft from motor vehicle.
Thomas Kiely, aged 30, from Welshpool in Powys, Wales. Sentenced to 19 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal (catalytic convertors) and theft from motor vehicle.
Investigator Deborah Newsham, who led the investigation, said: “These men have no links to Hertfordshire and deliberately entered the county with the intention of committing crime. They caused misery to many residents across Dacorum and put innocent motorists in danger as they tried to evade police.
“I’m really pleased with the sentences handed down and I hope this reassures people that we will do everything we can to bring offenders before the courts.”