A GANG who stole £1 million-worth of cars and stashed them away in rural Solihull have been jailed for a total of 24 years.
The group of 14 offenders took 60 vehicles from driveways across the Midlands before a lengthy police operation eventually led to the arrests of the men.
They were jailed on Friday at Nottingham Crown Court. Offenders included Issa Ali, also known as Salum Marzouk, aged 38, of Station Street West, Foleshill, Coventry, who stashed the cars in containers at Bradnocks Marsh Container Yard, near Balsall Common.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods and was jailed for three years.
Matatizo Mkamdawire, aged 28, of William McKee Close, Binley, Coventry, helped to load the vehicles into containers. He admitted possessing criminal property and was jailed for six months.
The gang hoped to sell the cars on for two or three times their market value in Africa but a dozen cars were intercepted by police leading to a series of arrests.
One car stolen from Nottinghamshire was discovered 2,000 miles away in Tanzania.
Others were found in Felixstowe and some were recovered after being used in burglaries and robberies across the Midlands and South Yorkshire.
Supt Lecky Grewal said the gangs sentences were a just reward.