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Trader jailed over stolen cars and keys from JLR plant must repay £1.3m

A trader who handled stolen luxury cars and keys pinched from Jaguar Land Rover's plant in Solihull has been ordered to repay £1.3 million in proceeds of crime or face an extra 10 years in jail.

Chirag Patel is already serving eight years imprisonment for the offences of handling stolen goods, which were discovered when police found an array of stolen cars including Range Rovers, Porsches and Mercedes in the basement car park at his Croydon home.

Over the course of three years the cars had been given new identities with registration documents from written-off vehicles.

On raiding his home, police then found 26 sets of car keys, a list of vehicles and registrations, equipment for accessing on-board computers in cars, and a variety of mobile phones and laptops.

At Croydon Crown Court this month the 40-year-old was ordered to pay back £1,369,661 proceeds of crime, reported the Evening Standard.

Patel had been hiring out the stolen cars to his associates and friends.

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