Thief stole £40k worth of Car Parts from Dealership

A thief persistently raided more than £40,000 of high-value car parts from vehicles at Bradford dealership JCT600.

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Shamraze had a special tool for removing car radios

Mohammed Shamraze, aged 24, of Bradford, was jailed for five years after he stole more than £40,000 of high-value car parts.

Bradford Crown Court heard he returned time and time again to smash windows and take iDrive units from BMWs parked at JCT600 on Sticker Lane.

The raids at the dealership began on January 24, 2021, when he stole the entire central console from a BMW 420, causing £5,500 worth of loss and damage.

Shamraze returned on February 28 when he targeted three cars, resulting in £9,000 in losses and damage.

He carried out similar raids on March 14 and 28.

His final visit was on April 4 when he broke into a black BMW and stole the iDrive. It caused a loss to the owner of £5,000.

In a statement, JCT600 said Shamraze had caused the company “immeasurable” loss.

The financial cost of his crimes was £40,792 but added to that was an increase in the insurance premium, the cost of upping security and the erosion of the trust and confidence of customers leaving their vehicles at the premises.

Cars were now moved overnight, the CCTV cover had been increased and fencing put up.

Paul Canfield, prosecuting, said Shamraze had a special tool for removing car radios in his possession as well as eight previous convictions for similar offences.

He pleaded guilty to five theft offences at JCT600 and to smashing the window of a VW Golf parked on Westbury Street to steal the Sat-Nav on April 8.

Shamraze also admitted stealing a Sat-Nav from a car parked at a Rotherham garage in September 2019, causing £2,000 loss and damage.

He was in breach of two suspended sentence orders when he committed the Bradford offences.

In mitigation, Vincent Blake-Barnard said that Shamraze had spent six months in custody on remand and now realised what a mistake he had made.

He had fallen into the wrong company, run up a debt to his cocaine dealer and sold the stolen car parts in order to pay it off.

Mr Blake-Barnard added that his client was fully remorseful and keen to make a fresh start in life.

It was heard that Shamraze had a job in prison and had taken a drugs awareness course.

Shamraze was sentenced to five years in prison.

Deputy Circuit Judge Neil Davey QC also activated the suspended sentence orders in full. They will run concurrently.

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