Man jailed after stolen vehicles found at farm - Berkhamsted

15/03/2017

A 'tracker' fixed to a mini excavator led to the discovery of nearly £100,000 worth of stolen vehicles at an isolated farm unit in Berkhamsted.

The diggers, vans and cars were being handled by Rostislav Segmenov, who intended to cut them up and ship them to Bulgaria.

It was the second time Segmenov, aged 39, from Northolt had been caught. He received a 12-month suspended sentence at Guilford Crown Court in June 2013, for handling stolen vehicles and machinery at a farm in Ottershaw, Surrey. Today, Wednesday, 15 March 2017, he was jailed for 28 months at Luton Crown Court.

Prosecutor George Heimler said that on 11 October last year, the police were called by a man, whose turquoise mini excavator had been stolen from his farm between 7 and 9 October. A tracker led the man to Shootersway, Berkhamsted, where the vehicle had been taken.

The police were called and they found that two mini diggers, five transit vans, two cars, 17 bicycles, and three quad bikes all valued at £91,000 were being stored there. They had been stolen from all over the country.

Segmenov, the tenant of the premises, was arrested at his home. He told the police he had no idea the vehicles were stolen. He said he exported items to Bulgaria.

Segmenov, of Doncaster Drive, Northolt, Harrow, appeared for sentence, via a video link from Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, having pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Defending, Joanne Cecil said he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. She said: "He accepts he ought to have known they were stolen and turned a blind eye."

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "It was a professional and sophisticated operation. It is very serious offending. People who steal would not do so if people like you were not prepared to take them on."

Confiscation proceedings are to be held at a later date.

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