Taxi driver and his associates jailed over burglary conspiracy
A taxi driver who used his position to tip off a group of men who burgled his customers' homes has been jailed, along with his associates.
In September 2012, Kasid Hussain, 27, of Wilford Crescent East, Wilford, pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary between 5 August and 10 October 2011.
He was sentenced to four years and five months in prison.
In excess of ten properties, mainly around the Rushcliffe area, were targeted by Hussain's associates, after they had been informed that the addresses were unoccupied.
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After dropping off a fare, Kasid Hussain would contact his friend Nabeel Hussain, 26, of Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, passing on information about his customers' properties that would then be distributed to other men who committed the burglaries.
A number of cars were taken with keys stolen from within the properties, along with handbags and electrical items.
Nabeel Hussain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary between 5 August and 10 October 2011. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.
Ian Barnes, 21, of Hawton Crescent, Wollaton, was jailed for 54 months, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary between 5 August and 10 October 2011.
His brother Liam Barnes, 24, of Hawton Crescent, Wollaton, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary between 5 August and 10 October 2011.
Cornelius Duggan, 23, of Hartness Road, Clifton, was handed two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to burglary.
Gary Cooper, 26, of Stanley Road, Forest Fields, was given 876 days in prison for burglary, after pleading guilty.
James Ferebee, also known as James Footitt, 39, of Summerwood Lane, Clifton, pleaded guilty to burglary and was given a six month sentence, to be suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
They were all sentenced on 2 November 2012, except for Nabeel Hussain who was sentenced on Thursday 8 November.
DS Paul Cash, who led the investigation into the conspiracy, as part of Operation Cordoba, said: "Kasid Hussain was instrumental in providing information about his customers which enabled others to burgle their homes.
"It was an abuse of a position of trust, with unsuspecting fares chatting to him about their plans, not realising they were setting themselves up to become a victim of crime.
"We became involved after a victim reported an attempted burglary, after nipping home in Hussain's taxi to get some money. The victim was convinced that the taxi driver was involved, and so we began an in-depth investigation which linked Hussain's journeys to a spate of burglaries.
"We were then able to identify his associates and prove their connection, which resulted in them all pleading guilty and being sentenced last week.
"It is of benefit to the residents of Nottinghamshire that these men are locked up and no longer free to target people's homes and steal their belongings."