Three Erith men jailed for theft and fraud after major investigation
PUBLISHED: 11:09 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 01 May 2015
One tried to sell his own passport.
Three men from Erith have been caged for a series of theft and fraud related offences following a series of police raids.
They were all sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday (April 29).
George Evans, 30, of Bridge Road, was sentenced to eight months in prison for theft.
He stole electronic goods including iPads and sat navs and tools from motor vehicles.
Kevin Lang, 37, of Sun Court, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for fraud.
He had tried to sell his own passport and driving license and a number of other ID documents such as birth certificates.
Michael Ozdal, 32, of Slade Green Road was sentenced to 10 months in prison for theft and fraud.
He was accused of stealing sat navs, an iPad, tools, an iPhone, and supplying bank cards and a passport intended to be used to commit fraud.
All three men were arrested on March 24 as part of a large south east London operation during which police executed raids at 53 addresses in Bexley, Lewisham, Greenwich and Bromley.
The operation was set up to dismantle organised criminal networks suspected of committing hundreds of offences including burglary, theft, fraud, motor vehicle crime, drug dealing, money laundering and violent crime.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes said: “We set up a dedicated team to identify and gather evidence against those who had formed criminal networks believed to be responsible for over 300 offences over a period of 18 months.
“Evans, Lang and Ozdal were clearly identified and considered part of that network and they have been sentenced accordingly to their involvement.”