Phonebox scam gang jailed

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Phonebox scam gang jailed

A gang of thieves from Northamptonshire, who broke into 70 BT phone boxes across the country, costing the company £37,000, have been jailed.

Six men and one woman, all from Northampton, were arrested in 2014 after a joint investigation by Northamptonshire Police and BT Threat Intelligence and Investigation Team.

The gang had committed the thefts between January 2013 and March 2014.

One set of CCTV images released show some of the gang walking across Kettering town centre with a set of posters under their arms, taken from another kiosk.

They then place these posters on other telephone boxes and then disappear into them for a few minutes, before leaving.

The thefts were carried out up and down the country including Daventry, Rushden, Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough.

Lee McQuade, Davy Mains, Jamie Blyde and Kelsey McEwan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Connor Malone pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and two counts of converting criminal property.

Gary Blyde and Steven Malone pleaded guilty to theft.

Lee McQuade, 29, of Entwood Drive, was sentenced to 16 months in prison

Connor Malone, 22, of Bailiff Street, was sentenced to 14 months in prison

Davy Mains, 22, of Becketts View, was sentenced to six months in prison

Gary Blyde, 54, of Semilong Road, was sentenced to six months in prison

Jamie Blyde, 30, of Lark Rise, was sentenced to six months in prison

Steven Malone, 43, of Whitworth Road, was sentenced to six months in prison

Kelsey McEwan, 18, of Eastern Avenue North, was sentenced to a 12 month Youth Supervision Order

Detective Constable Emma Howe, from the Organised Crime and Drugs Team, told Connect FM: “The investigation into this Organised Crime Group was challenging due to the amount of offending spanning the entire UK.

“Identifying the offenders and bringing them to the courts was a real team effort working closely with the CPS and BT. Through effective work by police analysts we were able to ensure that the group were identified and brought to justice.”

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