Burglary victims in Bedfordshire are being urged to come forward as detectives who nailed a £2m burglary gang attempt to reunite the owners of thousands of items the gang stole during an 11-month crime spree.
The 12 members of the extended-family gang, incluidng one from Sandy, have been jailed for a total of 71 years for raiding up to 250 properties across five counties.
Police have released photographs of stolen jewellery, watches and medals that were recovered during their investigation.
The haul, which was discovered at a number of addresses, included Rolex watches, diamond rings and a Kuwait War medal.
The men, aged 20 to 55, were jailed for a total of 71 years at Norwich Crown Court last month and police are now hoping to return the items to their rightful owners.
Judge Stephen Holt said: “I don’t think I’ve ever come across as serious a conspiracy to burgle in terms of the sheer amounts stolen, the number of properties broken into and most importantly the lives left devastated by people having their homes invaded and damaged by you.”
Gang members used to cover their faces with balaclavas and force their way into homes and businesses through doors and windows in broad daylight.
The raids were mainly on rural homes, where they stole high-powered vehicles to out-run police but the gang also targeted commercial premises, post offices and ATMs.
The nine members of the gang who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary include -
Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk – jailed for five years.
John Eli Loveridge, 42, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
John Stanley Loveridge, 23, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Joseph Holmes, 21, of Schole Road, Willingham – jailed for four years.
Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow – jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, of Clay Way, Ely – jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire – jailed for four years.
Richard Oakley, 27, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five years.
Johnny Oakley, 25, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five-and-a-half years.
A tenth man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on 31 October following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.
Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences reflect the scale and impact of this gang’s offending.
“Every one of their crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense.
“They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.”
Police said those who believe any of the items belongs to them should get in touch with their details and include a crime number and a proof of purchase or photographs.