Four men have been sentenced to a total of 24 years in prison after pleading guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary in Lincolnshire.
Patrick Jones, 19, of Quarry Green Heights, Knowsley, Merseyside; Rikki Berry, 22, of Quernmore Rd, Liverpool; Dean Carey, 23, of Woolton Rd, Garston, Liverpool and Terence Quick, 31, of Bigdale Drive, Liverpool, appeared in Carlisle Crown Court where they were sentenced to six years each in prison after they pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit burglaries in 2010.
The men were arrested in May 2010 after a high number of burglaries were committed across Lincolnshire and nationally, under similar circumstances, between January and May 2010.
Among their targets were the Queens Head Hotel in Station Road, Noth Kelsey Moor and Cherry Tree Farm in Gainsborough Road, Glentham.
The offenders targeted gaming machines, cash safes, cigarette machines and also conspired to steal high-powered vehicles for use during other crimes.
The prosecution was brought by Cumbria police, but involved detectives from Dorset, Staffordshire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Devon & Cornwall, Avon & Somerset, North Yorkshire and Dumfries & Galloway, who investigated a total of 52 burglaries, including 25 that had taken place in Lincolnshire.
In a coordinated effort, the four offenders were arrested together and some stolen property was recovered.
Detective Sergeant Richard Myszczyszyn of Lincs Police, said, “This case involved a group of highly organised criminals who travelled great distances to commit offences.
“Lincolnshire Police are very satisfied with the successful result which is thanks to the dedication of all the detectives across the UK who worked so skilfully to track down the offenders.
“It sends out a clear message to anyone intending to come into our county to commit crime that we work in close partnership with colleagues from other forces and with the community and we will bring offenders to justice”.
Jones was sentenced to six years in a youth offenders institute for conspiracy to burgle, 12 months concurrent for dangerous driving and six months concurrent for driving while disqualified.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years.
Berry was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to burgle.
Carey was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to burgle.
Quick was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to burgle.
The offenders will now be the subject of a confiscation investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act to identify any criminal assets they may hold.