A Worksop man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting the organised theft of vans in three counties.
Pawel Norbert Mroz, 24, of Clinton Street, Worksop, and Lukasz Gornik, 36, of Heron Park, Peterborough, both pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday to conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.
Vans were stolen from addresses in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire. Mroz and Gornik used cloned Mercedes keys to gain access to the vehicles, before tracking devices were removed.
In the majority of cases, the vehicles were never recovered.
Mroz was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment suspended for 24 months, relating to the theft of four vans between May and October 2017.
Gornik received a 12-month sentence suspended for 24 months, relating to the theft of three vans between September and October 2017.
DC Karen Delderfield said: “The crimes committed by Mroz and Gornik were pre-planned and well-organised.
“I am pleased that they were convicted and I hope that it will serve as a deterrent for committing crimes of this nature.”