This is the moment that two car thieves managed to steal a Ford Fiesta in just 90 seconds – as part of a five-month crime spree in which they stole 59 vehicles worth more than £366,000 across the Midlands.
Kaine Guest-Scott, 22, and Theon Lynch, 21, who targeted vehicles at train stations and car parks in broad daylight, have both been jailed.
At Birmingham Crown Court, Guest-Scott, of Cosely, was sentenced to four years in prison, while Lynch, of West Bromwich, will serve three years and one month.
The brazen thieves used transmitter devices to unlock the cars – which were registered between 2012 and 2017 – without triggering the alarms.
The criminals then broke steering locks with angle grinders and reprogrammed blank keys before fleeing the various scenes.
Kaine Guest-Scott (L), 22, and Theon Lynch (R), 21, who targeted vehicles at train stations and car parks in broad daylight, have both been jailed
The pair became so expert in stealing Ford Fiestas, CCTV captured them stealing one in 90 seconds (pictured above)
Between June and November last year, Guest-Scott and Lynch stole 59 Ford Fiestas worth more than £350,000, which police say were then stripped for parts.
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Britain’s most-owned car is also the most stolen, with Ford Fiesta thefts increasing 53%i n 2022, according to official data exclusively shared with This is Money last month.
DVLA figures show 5,979 Fiestas were reported stolen last year compared to 3,909 in 2021. It means a criminal made off with one every 88 minutes on average.
The Fiesta’s ranking as the most-stolen car in Britain doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that around 1.5 million are registered on the road.
But experts have warned they could be at greater risk after Ford announced last year that it will stop making them, which would see the cost of Fiesta parts rise.
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A police investigation was launched by West Midlands Police which culminated in the them being arrested in November.
CCTV captured the pair targeting Fiestas in car parks where commuters often left their vehicles while they travelled to work.
On September 14, the pair arriving at The Hawthorns station car park in a red Ford Fiesta belonging to Lynch.
They parked the car a few roads away before heading to the station car park and picking up another Fiesta.
On October 20, at around 2.15pm, they were filmed at Rowley Regis car park stealing yet another Ford Fiesta.
Inside the car was the victim’s credit card which Guest-Scott and Lynch were caught using at a shop later that day on CCTV.
On November 14, Guest-Scott was arrested at his home despite trying to evade officers by jumping out of a window to escape. A week later his co-defendant Lynch was also arrested.
Following a search of both addresses, police recovered clothing that matched what the pair were wearing in the CCTV.
Officers then seized the suspect’s phones and analysis placed Lynch at the car parks and the shop where a stolen bank card was used.
Transmitter devices, blank Ford keys, and specialist auto locksmith tools, including a turbo decoder to defeat car door locks and reprogramming devices were also recovered.
Police recovered a number of devices linking the pair to the crimes including transmitters, blank Ford keys and specialist auto locksmith tools
At Birmingham Crown Court, Guest-Scott (L), of Cosely, was sentenced to four years in prison, while Lynch (R), of West Bromwich, will serve three years and one month.
The pair both admitted conspiracy to commit theft of motor vehicle covering 59 thefts, theft of a bank card and fraud at Birmingham Crown Court before they were sentenced.
Sergeant Mitch Darby, from the Vehicle Crime Taskforce, said: ‘This is a great result and has meant that two prolific car thieves have been brought to justice and prevented from stealing any more cars.
‘Guest-Scott and Lynch brazenly committed these crimes again and again in the middle of the day when their unsuspected victims were at work who would return to these car parks to find that their car had gone.’
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