Men convicted over conspiracy to steal more than £600,000 of high-tech BMW parts

Share this Article

The trio conspired to steal high-tech in-car control systems from BMWs across three counties.

Two men have been found guilty of conspiring to steal more than £600,000 of high-tech BMW car components.

Vitalijus Belovas, aged 41, of no fixed address, and Vitalijus Bakutis, aged 39, of Scholars Court, Northampton, were convicted at Northampton Crown Court yesterday, May 16.

Their trial heard how in April 2018, Northamptonshire Police was alerted to a suspicious vehicle linked to a series of thefts in the Kent area, which was then traced to Northampton town centre.

Work began to identify those using the vehicle, and in the early hours of May 3, 2018, police officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service stopped it on the A43 with Belovas, Bakutis and a third man, Ramunas Radzevicius, aged 26, inside.

Officers also found the steering wheels, dashboards and iDrive in-car control systems from two BMWs in the vehicle. These parts were later identified as having been stolen from cars in Barton Seagrave earlier that same night.

The offenders took action to ensure they had time to complete their thefts, including interfering with security lights.

Following further investigations which revealed similar offences in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, and DNA evidence linking Radzevicius to a number of offences in Kent, all three were charged with conspiracy to steal.

The charges covered a total of 49 offences, 19 in Northamptonshire, one in Lincolnshire and 29 in Kent, committed over 10 nights and 15 nights respectively, with the value of the stolen parts set at more than £600,000.

Detective Inspector James Larkin, of Northampton CID, led the Northamptonshire Police investigation into the trio’s crimes across the country and attended the trial of Belovas and Bakutis.

Speaking after the guilty verdicts, he said: “This was a very sophisticated gang that used a number of techniques to break into people’s cars without being disturbed or detected, enabling them to take their time in dismantling vital high-tech components from within these vehicles.

“As a result of their actions, some of these cars had to be written off, with the damage caused to others costing many thousands of pounds to repair, all of which caused considerable distress and frustration to their owners.

“The investigation into their activities has been comprehensive and extremely complex, and I’m ecstatic at this result which is testament to the hard work and dedication of our officers.”

Belovas was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to steal. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing false identity documents – a false passport and a false driving licence.

Bakutis was found guilty of one offence of conspiracy to steal. Prior to the trial he had pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing false identity documents – a false driving licence and a false Lithuanian identity card.

Radzevicius, formerly of St Andrew’s Street, Northampton, had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to steal at a hearing on February 19 this year.

All three are due to appear before Northampton Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday, May 23.

Items taken from vehicles included steering wheels, dashboards and iDrive in-car control systems.

Nominate a Local Cause to Receive £20
Nominate a Local Cause to Receive £20

Northamptonshire Voice was setup to give back to the community. Simply put, the more people who interact with our page and website the more money we will donate back to good causes that you select. Nominate a local cause, group, charity that you think deserves receiving our £20 giveaway. Add your nomination below on who should get it! *Local charities, groups and community organisations (within Northamptonshire) only. We'll tally up all comments Friday 15th March and draw out a winner! Max of 2 entries per person (1 via the below and 1 via a comment & share of our Facebook post)

Q. Which local cause should receive the money?


Please Enter Your Details

Northamptonshire Voice

Who are we? Northamptonshire Voice is an online community based website, collating published information from various sources and making them available to you.  If you have something that you want to share out across the community, please feel free to get in touch here or on one of our social media sites and we can put it up for discussion. Note: Northamptonshire Voice has no affiliation with either the Police or the Voice Northants service. If you are looking for a free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime please head on over to, email or call 0300 303 1965

Leave a Reply