Two men who admitted attempting to sell on two stolen Ford Transit vans, including one which contained an expensive hydraulic drill, have narrowly avoided jail.
One of the vans was stolen from a Network Rail depot in Huddersfield on December 17, 2014. The van contained a specialist hydraulic drill worth over £9,000 which has yet to be recovered.
The second van was stolen from work premises in Preston a few days later, on December 22, 2014. The vehicle was discovered a few weeks later in Shropshire with false plates.
Hasim Umarji, 22 of Buncer Lane, Blackburn was handed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, and was ordered to undertake 250 hours unpaid work and pay a £100 victim surcharge. Umar Shafi, 21 of Clarence Street, Blackburn, was jailed for three months, suspended for two years, ordered to undertake 250 hours unpaid work and pay a £80 victim surcharge.
Both were sentenced at Preston Crown Court.