[T]WO brothers who plotted to sell stolen farm equipment valued around £30,000 at a Carlisle auction have been sent to prison.
William Andrew Fury, 31, and his 27-year-old sibling Joseph Fury, were jailed at the city’s crown court today (MON).
Both men had admitted conspiracy to handle stolen goods, on the day they were due to stand trial.
The duo had travelled from Northamptonshire with a range of agricultural equipment which had been pinched, by persons unknown, during burglaries and thefts in that county around the turn of 2017. It included a £5,000 sheep handling system, a £1,400 bale handler, a generator and gates.
Suspicions were aroused after this was listed with an auctioneer at Rosehill in Carlisle, and police were waiting for the pair when they arrived for the sale on January 12 last year.
William Fury, of Knox Road, Wellingborough, was jailed for 12 months, while Joseph Fury, Jubilee Drive, Walgrave, received a nine-month term.
“This was a significant conspiracy to handle stolen goods of high value,” the brothers were told by Recorder David Potter.