A gang of organised thieves, jailed for stealing cable from areas including Hampton-in-Arden, have cost the rail industry an estimated £350,000.
Florin Tutu, 24, Florin Pelesi, 31, Auriel Gabriel Gavrila, 25, and Adrian Boteanu, 36 - all previously from the Foleshill area of Coventry - were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (July 12) for conspiracy to steal railway cable) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
All four, jailed for a total of 10 years and three months, were responsible for 22 cable theft offences in Hampton, Canley, Long Lawford, Church Lawford, Brandon and Wolston, between June 22 and October 30 last year.
The gang targeted redundant cable, which was stripped then sold on as scrap metal.
The thieves netted around £38,000 when they sold the metal but the cost to the rail industry is currently estimated at around £350,000.
Pelesi and Boteanu were arrested at an address in Windmill Road, Coventry in connection with an incident where a blue Mondeo car was stopped for driving erratically in the Solihull area.
Det Insp Dave Gritton, from British Transport Police, who carried out a painstaking investigation into the group’s activities, said: “Each of these men displayed a complete and utter disregard for both their own safety and the safety of others.”