Watford Gap £57,000 Lego theft pair jailed

Lego bricks
Image caption The Lego belonged to the Toys R Us chain of shops

Two men have been jailed after admitting stealing £57,000 of Lego from a lorry which was parked at motorway services in Northamptonshire.

The haul, belonging to Toys R Us, was stolen at Watford Gap on 14 February.

Andrew Mills, 27, of Colchester Road, Walthamstow in east London, was sentenced to three years in jail for theft at Northampton Crown Court.

Ben Barton, 22, of Powell Court, Walthamstow was jailed for 10 months for theft.

'Professional criminal'

The court heard the pair loaded more than 1,200 boxes into a van which was spotted by an automatic vehicle recognition system.

Police stopped the van, which had false number plates.

Judge Richard Bray described Mills as a "prolific professional criminal" with a list of convictions of thefts from lorries.

He added that stealing from lorries was very prevalent in the area and the three year sentence for Mills should serve as a deterrent to others.

The court heard Mills stole to feed his addiction to cocaine.

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