As most of you were aware last year CCM had their premises broken into and their entire stock was cleaned out.
The ten strong gang targeted various premises with one being CCM, DC Paul Brown, investigating officer, of the London Crime Squad, said CCTV revealed two of the men carried out a ‘recce’ on the unit two days before, using a bogus story to gain access. The gang used a nine-inch blade, stolen from a building site, to cut a steel roller shutter.
They blocked the access road to the farm with a van and loaded the motorbikes on to the van.
The gang also stole a £50,000 Subaru Impreza racing car from the Santa Pod racetrack, Bedfordshire and then blackmailed the owner, threatening to destroy it unless he handed over £5,000.
DC Brown connected the burglaries after he found a stolen motorcycle with a false number plate in Camberley.
He said the ‘pretty good’ sentences were a result of a ‘pro-active, long-standing investigation over a number of months’.
The judge sentencing praised DC Brown and DC Matthew Jobson for their ‘good old-fashioned police work’.
A spokesman for the CCM racing team said they no longer had a base at Warfield but ‘crucial’ specialist motorcycles had been stolen.
CCM Racing’s motorcycles have never been recovered.
All men admitted the charges and were sentenced as follows:
n Daniel O’Keefe, 31, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge – five years.
n Craig Wells, 22, of Chestnut Avenue, West Drayton – three years and eight months.
n Cary Grant, 24, of Bates Close, Slough, Berks – 18 months.
n Daniel Pope, 21, of Westcott Way, Uxbridge – six months, suspended for 12 months, 100 hours unpaid work and a curfew.
n Sumeet Kale, 27, of Trevor Gardens, Northolt – 12 months, suspended for two years, 250 hours unpaid work and a curfew.
n Peter Ballantyne, 40, of Burton Way, Windsor – 15 months.
n John Davis, 28, of Holmlea Road, Datchet – five years.
Four other men were dealt with separately for a burglary in Hampshire. One is in hospital so will be sentenced at a later date.