Pair jailed for cash and carry thefts

Two men who stole cigarettes from a cash and carry depot have been jailed after police used data from a number of wholesalers to track down their vehicle.

The pair were linked to more than 40 incidents involving the premises and vehicles of FWD members that were reported to the FWD’s criminal intelligence database.

The Birmingham duo admitted theft of cigarettes and of a handbag from premises in Telford and Shrewsbury in October 2011 and were both jailed for 30 months. They also admitted the theft of cigarettes in a similar incident in Coventry in July. Six member companies contributed to the hunt for the criminals, who were reported to be behind suspicious activity and attempted robberies involving two separate vehicles over several months.

The prosecutions are the first to result from the activity of the FWD’s crime-busting initiative, which has also seen a further six arrests in 2012 after collated information from members was passed to police. Members report that crimes in cash and carry car parks have fallen across the UK and especially in the Midlands in the early weeks of the year.

FWD chief executive James Bielby said: “Our members understand that reporting even the smallest incident can help to build up evidence that leads to successes like this. Through working with each other and the police, we are sending the message to criminals that theft from wholesalers and their customers will not be tolerated.”

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