Thief who posted photos of himself in stolen cars is jailed

Thomas Davis posed in a Bentley and crashed a BMW 1 Series into a building

Thief who posted photos of himself in stolen cars is jailed
Photo: Essex Police

A group of car thieves responsible for a spate of crimes across Essex have been handed lengthy prison sentences.

One of the thieves had photos taken of himself behind the wheel of the stolen cars – and uploaded them to Facebook.

Thomas Davis, who was already serving a sentence at the time of the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, was tracked by police in one the stolen cars before crashing it into a building in Canvey Island.

He received three years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to commit burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and the theft of a motor vehicle.

The other defendants also pleaded guilty, with Steven Watts sentenced to five years and four months in prison, Alan Clough receiving four years and one month, and Harry Fenwick given a two-year sentence suspended for two years.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Stephenson said: “These burglars targeted innocent people across our county for their financial gain. They now face a total of more than 13 years behind bars.

“Their crimes have had a devastating impact on their victims, both in the value of the items they have lost and the psychological impact being a victim of crime can have.

“The work of the officers in this complex case was exemplary – it highlights the lengths we will go to to make sure we get justice for burglary victims in Essex, regardless of how long ago the offences occurred.

“These efforts are working – we solved more burglaries in the year to December 2023 than the year before, and we are working hard to solve even more.”

Source: Essex Police

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