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15 January 2019, 16:26 | Updated: 15 January 2019, 16:29
Three members of a burglary gang have been jailed after West Midlands Police linked them to stolen cars valued at half a million pounds.
Kieran Gordon, Joshua Birch and Imad Kaid snapped door locks to force their way into at least 16 homes – mainly in Sandwell and Dudley – between February and September 2017 on the hunt for keys to high-value cars.
The trio, aged 22, 22 and 21 respectively – made off with more than 20 cars, often new Audi, Mercedes and Range Rover models, during the overnight raids in quiet residential streets and cul-de-sacs.
Birch, from Lea Bank Road in Netherton, was arrested on 28 April and when searched found in possession of an Audi key from the Cradley break-in – and images on his phone appeared to show Gordon asleep in a stolen Nissan Juke.
He was bailed but re-arrested on 25 May and Gordon, from Mill Road in Cradley Heath, also detained on 1 June for questioning as detectives tightened their grip on the group and began amassing evidence.
Gordon and Kaid, from Coleman Hill Avenue, Colley, were then arrested on the night of 21 November after West Midlands Police responded to reports of a break-in attempt in Hagley Road West, Quinton.
They were stopped in Kaid’s A3 driving away from the scene – and a Vauxhall Corsa stolen from an address in Stamford Road, Stourbridge, days earlier was recovered nearby.
A search of Kaid’s home later uncovered a Macbook stolen during a burglary in Park Road West, Wollaston, overnight on 4-5 May. Officers found Kaid had changed the profile name on the device to “Robin Banks”.
They were both charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal motor vehicles along with Birch who was arrested again on 5 December.
At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 11th January they were jailed for five years four months, five years, and four years 10 months respectively.
L - R: Car key burglars Kieran Gordan, Joshua Birch and Imad Kaid.