Six Men Jailed After Whiskey And Chocolate Theft

Six men have been sentenced after lorries carrying whiskey and chocolate were stolen in Kent during April 2013.

The thefts occurred in the Dover area.

Police said high value whiskey with a retail price of £23,000 was stolen from the trailer of a lorry parked in a haulage yard in Lyndden.

Another truck, worth £40,000, was also taken from a haulage yard in Whitfield and discovered four days later with false number plates in Eythorne.

The thieves again broke into the Lyndden haulage yard and stole a refrigerated trailer containing Toblerone chocolate with a total retail price of £210,000.

Lee Gilmore, 33, of Sidney Powell Avenue, Liverpool, was jailed for four years and eight months, Jeffrey Hamid, 31 of Hargate Road, Liverpool, for four years and six months and John Dahl, 44, of Aysgarth Avenue, Liverpool to four years and eight months.

Darren Price, 39, previously of County Road, Liverpool was sentenced to four years, eight months, Stuart Nicolson, 48, of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield, Kent to four years and Graham Ascroft, 55, of Higher Lane, Tarleton, Lancashire, to four years eight months.

Detective Sergeant Jon Saxby said: "These sentences reflect the seriousness of these offences – organised, professional thieves who stole lorries and lorry loads to sell on.

"Whilst this group made a quick sale, legitimate businesses and hauliers suffered greatly with property stolen, deliveries cancelled, excess payments on insurance and not to mention the inconvenience to their customers."


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