Thief raided £ 40,000 of auto parts from JCT 600 – causing Bradford dealership ‘immeasurable’ loss


A THIEF who consistently looted over £ 40,000 worth of high-value auto parts from vehicles at JCT 600 in Bradford has been jailed for five years.

Mohammed Sharmaze has returned repeatedly to smash windows and retrieve BMW iDrive units parked at the company on Sticker Lane, Bradford Crown Court has learned.

Sharamze, 24, of Bradford Lane, Laisterdyke, Bradford, had a special tool to remove car radios in his possession and previous convictions for similar offenses, prosecutor Paul Canfield said.

He pleaded guilty on the day of his trial yesterday to five offenses of theft at JCT 600 and breaking the window of a VW Golf parked on Westbury Street in Bradford in broad daylight on April 8 to steal the Sat-Nav.

Sharmaze also admitted stealing a GPS from a car parked in a Rotherham garage in September 2019, causing loss and damage of £ 2,000. Mr Canfield said he had eight previous convictions for 12 offenses, mostly for auto theft.

He broke two conditional sentence orders when he committed the Bradford offenses.

The high-value raids on the JCT 600 vehicle began on January 24 this year when it stole the entire center console of a BMW 420, causing loss and damage worth 5,500 £. He was back on February 28 when he targeted three cars, racking up a £ 9,000 bill for loss and damage, then returned on March 14 and 28 to make similar forays.

On his last visit, on April 4, he broke into a black BMW, stealing the iDrive, causing the owner a loss of £ 5,000. In a statement read to the court, JCT 600 said Sharmaze caused the company “immeasurable” loss.

The financial cost of his crimes was £ 40,792, but to this was added an increase in the insurance premium, the cost of increasing safety and eroding the trust of customers leaving their vehicles in the places.

Cars were now moved overnight, CCTV coverage had been increased and fences had been put up. Vincent Blake-Barnard said in mitigation that Sharmaze spent six months in pre-trial detention and now realizes the mistake he made.

He had fallen into the wrong business, got into debt with his cocaine dealer, and sold the car parts to pay it off. He was remorseful and eager to make a new start in life.

Sharamze had a job in prison and had taken a drug awareness course, Mr Blake-Barnard said. He was jailed for a total of five years today by Associate Circuit Judge Neil Davey QC who activated the conditional sentences in their entirety to be enforced simultaneously.


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