A man from Leicester has been jailed for displaying fake number plates on stolen vehicles.
Kyle Ross, operating as part of a group, arranged for three vehicles to be taken and rebranded with new registrations.
“It was professional and reasonably well organised,” said Recorder Keith Raynor, at Leicester Crowd Court.
Twenty-year-old Ross admitted to be involved with 3 car thefts in September 2011.
The court heard that the vehicles were targeted at night while the owners slept. The houses were broken into and car keys were stolen, allowing the group to drive them away.
All three cars were later recovered bearing false registration numbers.
Keith Raynor told the Leicester native: “You were facilitating new identities for the cars as part of a group.”
“The defendant was involved in obtaining cloned identities,” said Jonathan Cox, prosecuting.
Texts to a friend were found on Ross’s phone requesting the plates be made.
Louise McManus, mitigating, said Ross felt pressured and was coerced into taking part by the group.
“He was there when his friends were planning the offence,” McManus said, “he facilitated matters by sending a text in relation to the car number plates.”
Record Raynor said that Ross “accepts he was part of a joint enterprise” despite not being the ringleader.
Ross, who holds no previous convictions, “lacked the maturity to realise the severity of his actions” the court was told.
By Daniel Walker