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Northampton gang jailed after stealing BMW car parts worth half a million

Vitalijus Belovas, aged 41, Vitalijus Bakutis, aged 39, and Ramunas Radzevicius, aged 26, were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court earlier today, May 23. Credit: Northants Police

Three men have been jailed after conspiring to steal more than half a million pounds’ worth of high-tech BMW car parts.

Vitalijus Belovas, aged 41, Vitalijus Bakutis, aged 39, and Ramunas Radzevicius, aged 26, were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court earlier today, May 23.

The trio were charged with conspiracy to steal over a series of thefts from BMWs involving parts worth more than £600,000, including steering wheels, dashboards and iDrive in-car control systems.

The charges covered a total of 49 offences – 19 in Northamptonshire and one in Lincolnshire, committed between April 1 and May 3, 2018, and 29 in Kent committed between November 8, 2017, and January, 14, 2018.

Police said the trio were selfish and calculating.

These were sophisticated thefts by a gang which used a mixture of technology and brute force to break into cars and steal high-value parts, leaving vehicles written off or requiring thousands of pounds’ worth of repairs.

“They took pains to ensure they weren’t detected or disturbed while they committed their crimes, tampering with security devices, taping over headlights and silencing vehicle alarms to give them the time they needed – in some cases as long as 90 minutes – to take what they wanted.

– Detective Inspector James Larkin, of Northampton CID

Police said it was a lesson to vehicle owners to store their car keys securely.

Belovas, of no fixed address, was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to steal and admitted two counts of possessing false identity documents. He was sentenced to four years for the conspiracy charges, and two months for the false document charges, to be served consecutively.

Bakutis, of Scholars Court, Northampton, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to steal and admitted two counts of possessing false identity documents. He was sentenced to a total of three years and six months.

Radzevicius, formerly of St Andrew’s Street, Northampton, was sentenced after admitting two counts of conspiracy. He will serve a total of three years and four months in prison.