Four sentenced for south Northants theft series
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Four members of the same family have been sentenced for a series of thefts after a number of warrants were executed at their home address at the beginning of 2018.
Police officers raided the Dunroamin site in Whitfield on February 19, 2018, following a series of thefts in the south of the county.
As a result of the raid, detectives were given over 160 offences to investigate, including thefts from motor vehicles, thefts from shops and making off without payment at petrol stations. Five people were charged with conspiracy to steal in relation to the offences. Last week, four of them were sentenced:
- Noel Devlin, 27, of Dunroamin Park, Whitfield, was given 12 months imprisonment.
- Jimmy Devlin, 18, of Dunroamin Park, Whitfield, was given 18 months detention and a training order.
- Hughie Devlin, 25, of Staples Road, Bristol, was given 18 months, suspended for two years with a requirement to attend a thinking skills workshop and complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
- A 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons was given a youth rehabilitation order with two years supervision, six months on a tagged night time curfew and 120 hours of unpaid work.
The sentencing of James Devlin, 48, of Dunroamin Park, Whitfield, was adjourned until Friday, September 27.
Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, said: “This has been a very lengthy investigation and hundreds of hours have gone into building a case against the defendants, who all denied their involvement up until the first day of the trial.
“I commend the officers and staff involved in this investigation for their tireless efforts to bring these offenders to justice. This has not been a 9-5 job, but many weekends and late evenings have been taken up to secure these convictions.
“We do not underestimate the significant impact that these offences have had on individuals and small businesses alike. It is not simply the cost of replacing tools but the loss of income as a result of being unable to work and the extensive repair costs to vehicles, which are substantial.
“I want to send a clear message to those contemplating coming to Northamptonshire to commit thefts from hard working members of our town - we will pursue you by all means available and put you before the courts for your crimes.”
On sentencing, His Honour Judge Fowler, commented on how the conspiracy was “sophisticated in its planning, scouting out premises and confronting occupiers to deter suspicions.”
“Over £86,000 worth of goods were stolen,” he added. “The targeting of working men’s tools is a seriously aggravating feature. Those who work manually, require those tools. Those tools carry a connection beyond their monetary value.”