THREE MEN have each been rewarded with several years in prison for their efforts at stealing £2m worth of computer chips and almost getting away with it.
Adrian Gowers, 48, of Langdale Close, Gillingham, Desmond Schwartz, 39, of Corton Close, Stevenage and Darren Tyrrell, 24, of Thomas Road, Sittingbourne were charged last year and have pleaded guilty.
The trio were arrested on 13 September 2012 by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Unit who pulled them over with their stolen wares while they were in a van.
The story is one of problems. The trio were first disturbed when they were stealing the chips. This meant that they only got away with half the load, the full consignment was worth £4.5m.
They left the area at speed in a stolen Fiat Ducato, headed towards a locally parked Vauxhall Vectra that was owned by Schwartz.
The police, who were in pursuit by this time, pulled the Vectra over, and discovered the key for the Fiat van on its back seat. Aware of the location of the van, and its latest number plates, they went to it and found, to no one's surprise, the haul of computer chips.
Gowers was sentenced to five years and three months in prison while Schwartz and Tyrell were each given custodial sentences of three years and nine months. µ