Criminals thinking of coming into Nottinghamshire from other counties are being warned to think again.
It comes after a team of officers and staff working on a year-long operation have seen their work result in offenders being jailed for more than 85 years.
With support from other forces including South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Humberside, West Yorkshire and Leicestershire, the team have been targeting offenders travelling across Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area to commit burglaries, robberies and theft offences.
DCI Caroline Racher, who oversaw Operation Jacobean, said: “Initially we began focusing on burglaries in Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, reviewing patterns in the way the break-ins happened, locations and times. It soon followed that other offences were happening that bordered the area and we liaised with other forces to ensure intelligence was quickly acted upon.
“The team has worked tirelessly to bring some of these criminals to justice. Offenders don’t care about county borders, or who their victims are – they just act to benefit from whatever they can. Op Jacobean has meant that we have been able to send some of these people to prison for a long time, preventing them from committing offences in several counties.
“It has been a difficult operation, and working with colleagues in other forces has certainly paid off. Those thinking of coming to Nottinghamshire to commit crime should think again. We will be looking to piece together your movements and will use the necessary resources to ensure you can’t simply do what you want whenever you want to, commit crime and expect to be caught and put before the courts.”
Darren Green, 29, of Kedleston Road, Worksop, Mason Holt, 23, of Dickens Road, Worksop, Joseph Foster, 26, of Manton Crescent, Manton, and Clint Brammer, 25, of Suffolk Road, Bircotes, burgled garages, outbuildings and homes, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of vehicles.
They all admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft, incorporating a total of 43 offences, between October 2013 and March 2014.
Holt was sentenced to eight years and four months, Foster was jailed for six years and three months, while Green and Brammer were both sent to prison for seven years and four months.
Separate burglaries where jewellery, cash, laptops, mobile phones, cameras, computer consoles and car keys were stolen from homes in Nottinghamshire, Humberside and North Yorkshire, resulted in Kyle Blackie, 21, of Wortley Place, Hemsworth, Pontefract, initially admitting three offences, but being found to have been involved in 12 offences at a trial of issue hearing. He was jailed for five years.
Shoiab Mahmood, 24, of Malvern Road, Doncaster, admitted his involvement in nine offences and was sentenced to three years and six months and Bradley Stevenson, 20, of Balfour Road, Bentley, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to three offences between September and October last year and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Others sentenced include:
Ricky Gibson, 22, of no fixed address, was jailed for two and a half years for a burglary in Harworth where £3000 of jewellery was stolen.
Jason Bennett, 37, of Dove Road, Wombwell, in Barnsley, was sentenced to five years for three house burglaries in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, where more than £18,000 was recovered.
Charlie Bell, 26, of Doncaster Road, Kirk Sandall, was sentenced to 40 months in jail and Michael Smith, 31, of Wainwright Road, Doncaster was sentenced to 27 months for two burglaries in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. More than £60,000 worth of goods were stolen.
Two brothers, Michael and David Dyson, aged 38 and 27, from Dennis Street, Worksop were both sentenced to 22 months in prison for robbery.
Dale Middleton, 25, of Rayton Court, Harworth, was sentenced to five years and nine months for four burglaries, and 14 other offences were taken into consideration.
John Grange-Smith, 28, of Richardson Road, Gainsborough, was given four years and three months in prison for four burglaries.
South Yorkshire offenders Thomas Buck, 22, of Fishlake, near Stainforth, Dean Smethurst, 26, of Stoney Close, Stainforth and Brett Robson, 22, of Church Road, Stainforth, were convicted of conspiracy to commit five burglaries in Humberside and Nottinghamshire, where £70,000 worth of goods were stolen. They were sentenced to 54 months, 45 months, and 53 months respectively.