A gang of organised thieves have been jailed for a total of 10 years and three months for conspiracy to steal railway cable.
The thieves netted around £38,000 when they sold the metal but the cost to the rail industry is currently estimated at around £350,000, with final costs expected to be even higher.
Florin Tutu, Florin Pelesi, Auriel Gabriel Gavrila, and Adrian Boteanu were responsible for a total of 22 of offences related to cable theft in Canley, Long Lawford, Church Lawford, Brandon, Wolston and Hampton-in-Arden, between 22 June and 30 October 2012.
The gang targeted redundant cable, which was stripped then sold on as scrap metal.
Detective Inspector Dave Gritton, who led the investigation, said: “Today’s sentences mark the completion of months of painstaking police work and intelligence gathering by in the lead up to these successful prosecutions.
“Through the use of forensic examinations, CCTV, and other sources, as well as close liaisons with the local police forces, we were able to place these men at the scene of these offences at the time when the thefts took place.
“Cable theft has a huge impact on the operational running of the railway and thousands of passengers are inconvenienced by it every year, in addition to train, electrical and telecommunication companies.
“I hope these sentences act as a deterrent to others and serve as proof that we are determined to tackle cable theft in all its forms and will not tolerate any behaviour which threatens the infrastructure of the rail network.”