LOCAL — 19 August 2014

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A family who stole over 150 catalytic converters in a spree across London have appeared in court, with six of the McDonaghs pleading guilty.

The case related to a sophisticated crime syndicate which targeted motor vehicles in the capital for over a year, the McDonagh family from north London have been responsible for 150 thefts since July 2013.

Since the arrest of these men in April and May and due to them being remanded in custody, there has been a significant reduction in the number of catalytic converters thefts.

Gerard McDonagh, 31, Martin McDonagh, 37, Michael McDonagh, 31, 19-year-old Kevin McDonagh and 31-year-old Joseph McDonagh all pleaded guilty to conspiring with each other to steal catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

John McDonagh, 32, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft of catalytic converters from motor vehicles.

Officers from Brent began investigating after a number of catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles in the area. Officers were able to identify the McDonagh family through surveillance work, forensic evidence and CCTV. Other evidence showed that they were placed in vicinity at the time of the thefts.

All six men pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court and will be sentenced in October.

Detective Sergeant Mick Walker said: “This family were heavily involved in organised and lucrative criminality. Once identified the evidence was meticulously gathered resulting in their arrest and remand in custody.
“Due to the diligence of the investigation team the gang were left with no option but to plead guilty at their first opportunity. This shows that the Metropolitan Police is committed to identifying and dismantling organised criminal networks that prey on innocent victims.”

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