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Nine jailed over 11m stolen goods
Nokia handset
7.5m worth of Nokia handsets were stolen in one of the raids
Nine men have been jailed for conspiring to handle 11m worth of stolen goods.

The men, aged between 25 and 45, were caught after an undercover operation by Surrey Police.

The men were charged following a series of high-profile robberies, including a raid on a warehouse where two staff were doused with petrol and forced to open a building at gunpoint.

Police said 7.5m worth of Nokia handsets were stolen from the warehouse in Stanwell, near Heathrow airport, making it one of Britain's biggest mobile phone robberies.

Lorry hijacked

Five of the defendants were convicted at Reading Crown Court in January of handling stolen goods in relation to nine robberies and thefts.

The remaining four pleaded guilty to the same charges at earlier hearings.

Sentencing all nine at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Jonathan Playford praised Surrey Police for the "excellent" undercover operation which infiltrated the gang.

Among the stolen goods were 350 Compaq laptop computers worth 500,000, computer chips worth 900,000 and Intel Premium units valued at 800,000.

Premises searched

Other goods included Dell laptop computers worth 40,000 taken from a lorry which was hijacked on the M4 at Membury services in Swindon.

The nine robberies and thefts took place between December 2000 and June 2001 in Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Teesside, Northamptonshire and London.

Police caught the gang in July 2001 just after a raid at the Stanwell warehouse.

After the arrests, officers searched 14 premises in the Staines and Slough areas and seized mobile phones and computer hardware worth 3m.

The five men convicted of handling stolen goods were:

  • Nicholas Beagley, 30, a computer company director, of The Avenue, Chobham, Surrey. Jailed for seven years.
  • Jagdev Shergill, 33, a businessman, of Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire. Jailed for five years, nine months.
  • Rajinder Jheeta, 34, of Rochford Gardens, Slough, Berkshire. Jailed for seven years.
  • Rajesh Keshwala, 25, of Granville Road, Hayes, west London. Jailed for five years, nine months.
  • Gerrard Luttrell, 45, a businessman, of Dorneywood, Burnham. Bucks. Jailed for three-and-a-half years. The four men who admitted handling stolen goods were:

  • Rajinder Sahota, 32, a car salesman, of Latchmore Way, Gerrads Cross, Bucks. Jailed for 10 years.
  • Manjinder Dhaliwel, 32, of Windsor Road, Slough, Berkshire. Jailed for four years, nine months.
  • Anil Sandal, 29, a businessman, of Rose, Walk, Slough, Berkshire. Jailed for four years, nine months.
  • Acar Acar, 36, a businessman, of Edith Grove, Chelsea, west London. Jailed for four years, nine months.

    Paul Farry, 39, of Wanborough Common, Guildford, Surrey, also pleaded guilty to the same charges but did not attend the court on Thursday due to illness.

    Updated 10 December, 2007. Nilesh Lakha, 26, from Loughborough, Leicestershire, was charged in 2001 on two counts relating to handling stolen goods but both charges were dropped in 2002.

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