Three men who were caught red-handed as they took apart a £30,000 stolen car were jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.
Brothers Alekejs, 26, and Ivans Andrejevs, 25, of Tunnard Street, Boston, were each jailed for three months after police found them dismantling a stolen £30,000 BMW X5 in their garage unit.
The brother’s friend, Nickolajs Pertniko, 32, of Wyberton Low Road, Boston was sentenced to four months imprisonment for helping to strip the vehicle which had been stolen the day before in London.
The trio denied a charge of handling stolen goods but were found guilty after a trial.
Passing sentence Recorder Paul Mann QC told them it needed to be clear that anyone involved in this sort of activity could face prison.
Recorder Mann said: “I am satisfied the car arrived at your unit by prior arrangement. Those who steal high value vehicles in London don’t drive them by chance to Boston in Lincolnshire to find someone to dismantle the vehicle for them. But I am willing to accept the person who arranged the arrival of the vehicle was not one of you.”
The court was told all three men believed they were only going to be paid the minimum wage for their role. Police found no evidence that they were involved in professional car ringing or had dismantled any other cars in the unit.
Mark Watson, mitigating for the brothers, said: “The vehicle was worth around £30,000 but it was altered before it arrived at the lock up.
“The false plates found at the lock up indicated a degree of alteration before it arrived.”
Mr Watson added: “The brothers continue to use the lock up. They use it to do up cars.”