‘Ruthless’ car gang who stole a dozen top-of-the-range BMWs using special equipment to hack the electronics and start the engines are jailed for a total of eight years Read more: http://www.dailymail.

- Gang smashed their way into BMWs before hacking the cars to start them - When one of them was stopped, police found equipment used to hack cars - They stole a total of 12 cars and were jailed for a total of seven years, 11 months 

A gang who 'hacked' their way into top-of-the-range BMWs before stealing them have been jailed for nearly eight years.

Four men used a weakness in the cars' computers to steal 12 vehicles from around Lancashire before they were finally stopped in 2016.

They would smash their way into the cars, including expensive 'M Performance' models worth more than £50,000, before using electronic equipment to start the engines.

Police discovered the equipment after a member of the public reported suspicious activity in Blackburn and the men were sentenced this week.

Kasim Ali Ahmed, 29, Haroon Qamar, 27, and Mohammed Irfan Mazhar, 24, all of Blackburn, and Michael Dicks, 24, of Greater Manchester admitted conspiring to steal motor vehicle.

Lancashire Police have released images of the equipment used to hack into the cars, following a spate of similar thefts around the country.


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