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Thieving brothers jailed for a total of 13 years

PUBLISHED: 08:47 12 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:47 12 November 2014

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The six brothers were responsible for hundreds of catalytic converter thefts

Six members of the same family who pleaded guilty to over 150 offences of catalytic converters thefts across London, many of which were in Bexley, were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court to over 13 years’ imprisonment.

The six brothers were each sentenced to between 15 months and three years after pleading guilty at Harrow Crown Court on August 5.

Gerard McDonagh, Martin McDonagh, Michael McDonagh, Kevin McDonagh, Joseph McDonagh and John McDonagh were all jailed on November 7. They have also all been issued with a five year post-conviction anti-social behaviour order preventing them from touching an unattended motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and not to own, possess, use or control cutting equipment capable of cutting metal of a thickness greater than two millimetres.

This case relates to an organised and sophisticated crime syndicate who were involved in complex theft of catalytic converters from motor vehicles London wide for over a year. The McDonagh family from north London were responsible for over 150 thefts of catalytic converters from motor vehicles London wide since July 2013.

Officers carried out an investigation after a number of catalytic converters had been stolen from vehicles in the Brent area. Officers were able to identify the McDonagh family through surveillance work, forensic evidence and CCTV. Other evidence showed that they were in vicinity at the time of the thefts.

In the time since the brothers were arrested and remanded in prison, a 50 per cent drop in catalytic converter theft was reported in London. The monthly reduction was from 320 stolen in April, to just 96 in June, once the group were behind bars. This, says the police, shows how much of the theft was due to the six brothers.

Inspector Paul Sanders, from Bexley Borough, where many of the thefts took place said: “I’m delighted that this gang who have been stealing catalytic converters and causing misery across that capital have been brought to justice.

“After the theft of a catalytic converter in Bexley we were able to work with colleagues at Brent to establish that there was an organised criminal network involved and that the level of offending was vast, affecting many London boroughs. Their actions caused not only a great deal of inconvenience, but the financial implications were very distressing for the victims too.

“The investigation used old fashion policing tactics, combined with modern day policing methods, which should send out a clear message to people who engage in this type of criminal activity - you will be pursued and put before the courts.

“I would like to thank all of the policing teams who were involved in this case, it was a complete team effort by all of the officers, and had it not been for their tenacity then the gang may never have been identified.”

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