Andra Hoyland and Richard Loveridge targeted people with Land Rover Defenders in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire as they left them to warm up during the cold spell towards the end of 2010. Hoyland, of Northampton Road, Broughton is currently serving seven-and-a-half years and Loveridge is serving six years for the kidnap and robbery of the manager of the Bookers cash and carry in Grantham, Lincolnshire who was threatened with a knife and forced to open up the premises.
At Northampton Crown Court yesterday, the pair pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal vehicles. However, sentence was adjourned until the conclusion of their co-defendant’s trial. Del Swane of Thirlmere Close, Kettering also appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to steal cars with Hoyland and others. John Lloyd-Jones, prosecuting, said, 'For a narrow period towards the end of 2010 and during a particularly cold piece of weather, they were stealing Land Rover Defenders in Market Harborough, north Northamptonshire and south Leicestershire quite literally under their owners’ noses.'
The court heard the vehicles were either ‘ringed’ and sold on or broken up for parts at a business in Birmingham trading as Auto Crafty 4x4 or The Reconditioning Centre run by Martin Warren, his partner Jacqueline Neal and sons Jason Warren and Christopher Neal. Mr Lloyd-Jones added, 'The Crown’s case is these were targeted thefts and at a time before and after stealing them, there is phone contact between Hoyland and Jacqueline Neal’s phone which was provided to Martin Warren.' Adjourning the case for a three-week trial on October, Judge Richard Bray remanded Hoyland and Loveridge in custody and released the others on bail.