Pair sentenced after theft of spare wheels from 4x4s


Two people from Coventry have today been sentenced at Warwick Crown Court following a string of thefts from 4x4s which had been parked at railway stations in West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Over a two week period in January, Jonathan Cawley, 22, and Julie Cawley, 20, visited a number of car parks and stole the spare wheels off Land Rover Defender vehicles.

The thefts between 17 and 30 January 2017 happened at Birmingham International, Warwick Parkway and Rugby train stations.

They were equipped with the unique wheel locking nut to allow them to remove the spare wheels from the back of the 4x4 vehicles.

The pair pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in the Magistrates Court and were committed for sentence to the Crown Court. Jonathan Cawley was handed a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £900 compensation. Julie Cawley was handed a 12 month conditional discharge.

David Elliott, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The defendants visited a number of car parks in the region targeting a particular make and model of car from which they would remove the spare wheel from its rear.

"These thefts were pre-planned, they visited the car parks equipped with a unique wheel locking nut to remove the spare tyre from the vehicles.

"The pair added to their dishonesty by selling the wheels, gaining nearly £2,000 following these thefts which they then deposited into their bank accounts."