Men plead guilty after Im A Celeb Dec Donnelly targeted in £750k car theft plot

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Four men have pleaded guilty to plotting to steal Declan Donnelly's range rover, in a scheme reported to have involved £750,000 worth of luxury vehicles.

Police were called to the I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! host's home in the early hours of April 6 this year, but the thieves escaped empty-handed.

They were unable to open the iron gates outside Dec's mansion and drove away in another car just before police arrived.

According to reports, Dec, 45, his wife Ali Astall, 43, and their young daughter were asleep at the time of the attempted break-in and had no idea it had happened until they were informed by police.

Dec's black Range Rover was just one car targeted by the group in a plot that involved almost a million pounds' worth of high-cost vehicles.

Ellis Glynne, 29, Connor Murray, 21, Perry Ogle, 23, and Vinothkumar Ratnam, 37, appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal the vehicles between January 1 and July 9 of this year.

Glynne and Ratnam, both from Surrey, and Murray and Ogle of Hounslow, west London, appeared at Kingston Crown Court with four others.

Alfie Chandle, 18, also from Hounslow, pleaded not guilty to the same charge of conspiracy to steal the vehicles.

Tommy Hutchinson, 18, from Feltham, did not enter a plea to the same charge.

Ryan Crafts, from Wokingham, and Charlie Kavanagh, from Ashford, previously entered not guilty pleases at a hearing in August.

Some of the men have also been charged in relation to other incidents involving planned burglaries.

Glynne, Murray and a third man, Robert Green, 41, from Addlestone, also face a count of conspiracy to burgle over an attempted theft of an ATM from a convenience store in Brentford between January 25 and February 7 in 2020 – all three deny the charges.

Ogle, Glynne and Murray also pleaded guilty to a second count of conspiracy to burgle, of which they were charged alongside Chandler and Jack Foley, 24, from Surrey.

Chandler and Foley deny the charge.

The five of them are alleged to have planned to steal 11 electric bikes from Velospeed in Thatcham between June 14 and June 17 earlier this year.

Tyler Smallworth, 20, from Hounslow was charged with theft of a van but has previously denied the charge.

Judge Sarah Plaschkes QC has set a trial date for January 4, 2022.

She remanded Glynne and Murray in custody, while the other defendants were released on bail until another hearing scheduled for October 15.

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