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Greater Manchester crime gang jailed

Members of the gang attack an ATM at Eagley Brook Way, Bolton, in January Photo: GMP

A 10-strong crime gang has been sentenced after being linked to 32 burglaries and other offences across the North West and North Wales.

They were caught after police launched a huge surveillance operation to track them down and catch them in the act.

The gang planned and executed burglaries in which vehicles were stolen that were then used to commit business burglaries. They targeted cash machines and cigarette vendors.

CCTV shows members of the gang trying to break into an ATM at Eagley Brook Way in Bolton in January.

"This has been an extremely complex and protracted investigation that involved us working closely with colleagues in Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Wales.

"In an effort to evade capture the gang was deliberately chaotic in their choice of venue, moving around the region in the hope that they would not be identified or their crimes linked.

"But as soon as we built up an intelligence picture of who was responsible we monitored them day and night and the evidence we secured, along with forensic and telephony evidence, has resulted in this well organised crime gang admitting what they have done.

"They are now all behind bars and this is an excellent result for communities across Greater Manchester and beyond."

– Detective Constable Richard McCorry, Greater Manchester Police

"This Brinnington crime gang trawled the North West looking for targets and planned their crimes meticulously.

"They thought they could move between towns and cities and not get caught but thanks to the determination and dedication of officers from the Volume Crime Team, CID and Force Robbery Unit, we were able to present such overwhelming evidence against them that we secured guilty pleas.

"Organised crime gangs such as this don’t stay within geographical boundaries and we have once again proven that we will pursue them wherever they go - be it Greater Manchester, North Wales or elsewhere - in order to ensure justice is done and the most prolific of offenders brought to justice."

– Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes, Greater Manchester Police
  • Adam Norman, 24, of Offerton Lane , Stockport pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary dwelling, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was today, Tuesday 30 October 2012, sentenced to four years in prison.
  • Ryan Channon, 23, of Dorset Avenue, Brinnington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and conspiracy to steal and was sentenced to three years in prison.
  • Shaun James, 25, of Hillcrest Road, Offerton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary dwelling and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
  • Owen Quinn, 22, of Deacons Close, Stockport, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary dwelling, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
  • Shane Wilson, 22, of Eynford Avenue, Brinnington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
  • Matthew Wilson, 21, of Dawlish Avenue, Brinnington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was sentenced to three years in prison.
  • Daniel Tipton, 31, of Romney Towers, Brinnington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was found guilty of conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
  • Konnor Cosgrove, 21, Braddon Road, Woodley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commercial burglary, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to commit burglary dwelling and was sentenced to three years in prison.
  • Stephanie Norman, 33, of Offerton Lane, Stockport, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and was previously given a curfew when sentenced.
  • Daniel O'Connor, 21, of Lancashire Hill, Stockport, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary dwelling, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to commit commercial burglary and is due to be sentenced on Thursday 1 November 2012.