Man jailed for Crewe theft Date published: 15th March 2017 2.31pm

An Oldham man has been jailed for theft from a motor vehicle.

Scott Meakin, 28, of Sutcliffe Street, Royton, was sentenced for four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a motor vehicle. The charges related to two incidents that occurred at the Audi Garage in Crewe in December 2016.

The first incident occurred on the evening of Sunday 4 December when five Audi’s, parked on forecourt of the dealership, were attacked and the full sets of their alloy wheels were removed and stolen. The theft totalled approximately £35,000

The second incident occurred just one week later, on Sunday 11th December 2016, when Meakin, along with a second man, targeted the same dealership in Crewe. However, in the process of the theft the two offenders were disturbed and made off from the scene. Officers were called to the scene and, a short time later, Meakin was located and arrested nearby.

Following his arrest, Meakin initially denied any involvement in either of the incidents, but officers were able to gather sufficient evidence to charge him with both offences.

During further interviews Meakin continued to deny any involvement, but his downfall came when officers were able to use mobile phone cell site analysis to prove that he was at the garage at the time the first incident occurred.

In addition, officers were also able to prove that Meakin had been present at a five further Audi garages at the same time similar offences had been committed (Macclesfield, Carlisle, Manchester, Preston and Bolton).

After making the discovery Meakin was interviewed again and, faced with the overwhelming evidence gathered by officers, he admitted that he was involved all of the offences.

On appearing at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday 7 March 2017 Meakin was sentenced to four years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of going equipped for theft and one count of damage to a vehicle. Five other regional offences taken into consideration during his sentencing.  

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Richard Johnson said: “This is a great result and I hope that the sentence handed down to Meakin acts as a warning to other offenders who are looking to come to Cheshire to commit crime.

“I’d like to thank all of the officers that were involved in this investigation, as a result of their hard work and the overwhelming evidence that they gathered, Meakin was left with no option but to plead guilty to all of the charges brought against him.”

Further arrests have been made in relation to the incidents and one men and two women are currently on police bail with one man still outstanding.