South East Wales

£110,000 Cardiff car thief ordered to pay back £7,000

Dean Cronin (left) and Daniel Gordon Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Dean Cronin (left) and Daniel Gordon were jailed earlier this year

A thief who stole cars worth a combined £110,000 from driveways must pay back just £7,000, a court has decided.

Dean Cronin, 41 and accomplice Daniel Gordon, 28, both of Cardiff, took them while owners were asleep.

They pleaded guilty to conspiring to handle stolen goods at Cardiff Crown Court in February, with Cronin jailed for three and a half years and Gordon 20 months.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, Cronin was ordered to pay back £7,095.

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Image caption The stolen cars

Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees heard on Monday that despite the value of cars taken, his only asset is a Ford Ka. She ordered Cronin to pay the cash within three months.

When they were jailed, the court heard officers tracked the pair for six months and caught them when they tried to sell vehicles worth £110,000 to them for £5,400.

These sales, between June and November 2016, included a Mercedes worth £31,000 for £1,200.

Detective Inspector Dean Taylor said at the time: "Cronin and Gordon headed up an organised crime group which was behind a relentless campaign of crimes across the region.

"They created the market for stolen vehicles and in doing so inflicted misery and the trauma of being the victim of a burglary upon lots of people."

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