Robbers jailed for Stealing Three Luxury Cars from House

Three luxury cars were stolen from a property in Eccleshill, West Yorkshire in 2018. The three Bradford-based men who were responsible have been jailed.

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Abuzar Raja was already a "three strike" housebreaker.

Three men from Bradford have been jailed for a total of more than 13 years after they stole three luxury cars from a house they targeted.

The men broke into the house in Eccleshill, West Yorkshire in the middle of the night to steal the keys to a Mercedes E-Class, a BMW X5 and a BMW 5 Series.

They raided the property on November 29, 2018, in what the sentencing judge described as “a sophisticated, planned and organised enterprise.”

The burglars arrived at the scene in a VW Jetta that was later seized by the police and confiscated by the court.

They smashed a window at the property and stole computers, an iPhone and the keys to the three luxury cars parked on the drive.

Bradford Crown Court heard on Friday, May 3, 2019, that the occupants of the house were woken by the burglary but there was no confrontation.

The homeowner, who is a car dealer, woke to see his Mercedes being reversed down the drive while the two BMWs were already in the road.

A police helicopter was scrambled and the burglars were caught hiding under a tree after police tracker dogs were set on their trail.

Andrew Semple, prosecuting, said Bilal Shah, aged 22, and Baber Iqbal, aged 24, were both on prison licence at the time of the burglary.

He added that 22-year-old Abuzar Raja was already a “three strike” housebreaker.

Mr Semple explained that Iqbal was caught driving a stolen VW Caddy on Cemetary Road, Bradford, while on bail for the burglary offence.

After police officers boxed him in, he had to be dragged from the vehicle. Iqbal was also found to be unlicensed and uninsured.

Shah had previous convictions for burglary but he was not a third striker. His barrister Tim Jacobs said all the stolen property was recovered fairly quickly.

He was building up a plastering business and hoped to return to that line of work when he was released.

Mohammed Rafiq, defending Iqbal, said his client did not go into the burgled property. He said his client had “gone off the rails” at the time and now wanted to lead an honest life.

Giles Bridge said most of Raja’s burglary offences were committed when he was a youth.

At the time of the burglary, Raja was due to start a plumbing course and was working two part-time jobs.

Shah was convicted while Iqbal and Raja pleaded guilty to the burglary.

Bilal Shah, of Clayton, Bradford, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for the burglary and the theft of the three luxury cars.

Baber Iqbal, of Lidget Green, Bradford, was jailed for four years and seven months. He admitted to the burglary and to handling a stolen van on April 2, 2019, while on bail.

Abuzar Raja, aged 22, also of Lidget Green, was imprisoned for four years and three months for the burglary.

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