Essex thieves jailed for £380,000 GPS farm thefts

Two males who stole world positioning system (GPS) receiver domes and steering techniques from farm equipment and different technical tools from farms in Essex are behind bars.

Aidas Cesna, 28, and Gintaras Jankauskas, 30, each admitted conspiring to steal tools valued at about £380,000 from agricultural automobiles at 13 farms and estates throughout Essex between 28 September and 27 October 2021.

Chelmsford Crown Court docket heard that law enforcement officials had been capable of place each Cesna and Jankauskas on the scene of 14 thefts of technical tools from mix harvesters, tractors and sprayers throughout Essex.

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Tools stolen included GPS tools, navigation techniques and satellite tv for pc receivers, laptop screens and management containers.

Ashley Petchey, a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, mentioned: “Cesna and Jankauskas carried out a spree of thefts and took greater than £350,000 price of apparatus over a number of days.

“Thefts like these have been terrorising rural communities up and down the nation, inflicting an enormous monetary loss to hard-working farmers.

“Tools isn’t easy to exchange and, usually, machines are closely broken within the course of, leaving farmers with out the important instruments they should do their job.”

Gintaras Jankauskas

Gintaras Jankauskas © Essex Police.

Pricey delays

PC Samantha Smith, of Essex Police’s Rural Engagement Group, investigated the thefts.

“Theft of GPS tools hits our farmers arduous. International positioning techniques are a vital a part of fashionable farming and price hundreds of kilos to exchange,” she mentioned.

“Then there are the extra prices and day trip of operation required to restore the injury brought on by thieves.

“So, thefts could cause important hurt and disruption to farm companies, significantly when delays can show extraordinarily pricey for farmers bringing of their harvest.”

Jankauskas was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court docket, on Tuesday 15 November. He was given three years and 10 months in jail for conspiring to steal farm tools.

The court docket additionally made a deprivation order for his automobile and he was ordered to pay a sufferer surcharge.

Cesna was jailed for 3 years in July at Chester Crown Court docket for a similar offence.

He was additionally jailed for an additional one yr and 6 months for committing a housebreaking, two thefts, and theft from a motorized vehicle on farms and estates in Cheshire between 10 and 14 February this yr.

PC Samantha Smith with tractor

PC Samantha Smith © Essex Police