A man who ‘lost his head’ has been jailed for his role in a high-value car robbery gang that has seen an Audi, a BMW and a limited edition Fiat stolen in several thefts ۔
Elliott Foster, 24, handled six stolen cars, believed to be worth about £ 84,000, and advertised them for sale on social media.
But Foster was caught after police found photos of stolen keys and a video of him driving himself in one of the stolen cars.
He was working with a former fugitive. Cody Lunds, 22, caused an uproar after escaping from custody..
Lunds, who was jailed for six years and two months in December last year, was arrested for the crimes but later escaped from police custody during a visit to the hospital.
Lunds was not arrested 10 days after he was taunted by police in an Instagram video.
Foster, of Steely Bridge., Seven offenses of handling stolen goods, and two separate, unrelated offenses – criminal damage and sending malicious communications.
This week, he was jailed for four years and nine months.
A series of car thefts.
Prosecutor Paul Dockery told the court that several vehicles were stolen from homes during the week. Teamside.
The first car, the Audi A6, valued at 11 11,000, was stolen from a house in Ashton Underline early on July 29, 2020.
He said that while neither Foster nor Lewinds was involved in the thefts, surveillance of his phone showed him in the same area at the same time.
“The stolen car was received with Lewinds early in the morning, after posting on social media about the stolen car, for further sale,” Mr Dockery said.
The second car was a Hyundai worth 2,000.
The prosecutor continued, “An 89-year-old man and his wife lived in a house in Denton. At 11pm they returned to bed and at 2.45am they were informed to turn on the headlights.”
“He discovered that the back door was broken and the kitchen drawer was raided.”
In a statement, the elderly man said he felt “isolated” and that he had “lost his freedom and liberty”.
Over the next few days, a BMW worth 15 15,000, a Fiat Ebert worth 10 10,000 and an Audi SQ7 were stolen from the homes of Motram, Denton and Clayton.
Photographs of the car keys have been found on Foster’s phone, as well as a video of him turning a handbrake in a Hyundai with Lloyds on top of the car.
A Honda motorcycle was also stolen from Staley Bridge on July 6 last year. One of his chain links was broken in the heavy duty lock and the other locks were broken.
The motorcycle, valued at 1,000, was later recovered but cost £ 700 to repair the damage during the theft.
After inspecting Foster’s phone, pictures of him sat on the motorcycle and rode on it.
Only three of the six stolen vehicles have been recovered.
Foster was also charged in connection with another incident in which he repeatedly called and sent threatening messages to a woman and her new partner.
He then went to her home and threw two bricks at the man’s Ford Fox, smashed a window and damaged the door.
Foster repeatedly texted the woman to return home.
‘Lost his head’
Foster is said to have received 36 previous convictions for 62 crimes, including theft, robbery, speeding, and possession of firearms.
Concluding, Osobel Thomas said: “Mr Foster tells me he regrets being involved in crime, he understands the crime he committed in his crimes and what effect his role has had on the victims. Was
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“He had the opportunity to meet with all the victims and personally apologize to them, but I explained that this was not possible and I think it shows that the remorse he shows is real.
“He tells me he lost his head after losing his son, who is now four years old.
“He was taking cocaine and went downstairs and wasn’t thinking well.”
He added that he did not want to use his past as an ‘excuse’, and did not know anything about ‘growing up with crime in his life’.
Sentencing, Judge John Potter told him: “Your acquisition of these vehicles affects the case as a whole and sometimes indicates that they were stolen after previous espionage.
“It was a professional criminal activity in which you played a central role – your role was to receive high-priced vehicles for further sale, no doubt for a profit.
“The total value of the vehicles was more than 84 84,000. You entered this criminal enterprise and expected a significant increase in personal income.
The victims suffered a lot, all of whom had difficulty living without the use of their motor vehicles.
Foster of Booth Close was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.