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CAR CRIME: Man sentenced for Bushey high-value car thefts worth £72,000

 Published on: 15th August 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A member of a burglary gang that tried to steal high-value cars in Bushey Heath has been sentenced to 30 months detention.

Steleo Ramadani, now 20, from Dagenham, travelled from Essex with Joshua Bragg, 20, and Dene Edmead, 19, in a stolen car with fake number plates. 

On July 29, Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver told St Albans crown court that overnight on July 3, 2019, five homes were targeted.

The intention was to steal valuable cars, worth £72,000.

Throughout one evening, the men attempted to steal cars from Luton and Harpenden before moving on to Bushey Heath.

At around 3am they tried to steal a Mercedes E class, and two VWs, worth a total of £34,000 from the driveway.

They failed because a woman, who was sleeping on the sofa, woke up and screamed.

At a quarter past four, a £9,000 grey Mini was stolen from the drive of a house in Clay Lane in Bushey Heath.

Bragg’s shoe print was found on the carpet and the car was later recovered. 

Bragg was arrested the same day at 3pm in Rainham.

Edmead and Ramadani were arrested a few days later in the stolen Insignia after it crashed near the junction of the M25 and A13 while being chased by the police. 

Ramadani was sentenced in his absence having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal. Bragg and Edmead, who had admitted the same offences, were earlier sentenced to 21 months and 33 months. 

Sentencing him, Judge Stephen Warner said it was a “sophisticated and planned joint enterprise.” 

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