A gang of six men have been jailed after they stole more than £10,000 of copper from a Staffordshire business.
The group were travelling in convoy in two vans – a heavily-loaded red Mercedes Vito van and a VW Passatt – on the A38 before police pulled them over on the M6.
Officers then discovered cut up copper cable in the back of the Mercedes.
Heavy duty cable cutters and two sets of bolt cutters were also found in the VW Passatt.
The group had earlier been spotted loading copper wiring into their red van from Anixter Limited in Fradley between 1.30am and 3am on November 29.
It transpired the six men had removed a security fence before stealing cable worth £10,082.
Georgian Boghici, aged 19, of Elsetree Hill South, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire; Florin Arpad, aged 20, of Maple Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex; Marian Miron, aged 38, of Far End, Northampton; Marius Boghici, aged 22, of Elstree Hill South, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire; Gherasim Cretu, aged 38, of Elstree Hill South, Borehamwood, Herfordshire; and Florin Rusu, 26, of no fixed address, all went on to plead guilty.
They have now been sentenced to a total of seven years and eight months in prison following a hearing at Stafford Crown Court.
Georgian Boghici was sentenced to 16 months. He was also handed a further 28 months for two counts of burglary in London.
Meanwhile, Miron, Marius Boghici, Rusu and Arpad were all jailed for 15 months.
And Cretu was sentenced to 18 months in prison.