A computer thief may be facing six years in jail after admitting being part of a gang that stole £1.7m worth of Sun equipment from City-based banks.
Harry Harris admitted his role in the thefts at Southwark Crown Court yesterday [Wednesday], and will be sentenced in August.
However, Harris may yet benefit from reactions to the sentences handed down to two similar thieves, Tony Manigan, 29, and John Sheehan, 21, who in April received six-year jail terms for their part in the multi-million pound theft of Sun equipment in the autumn of last year.
The sentences were later described as "stiff" by law enforcement authorities and "far in excess of previous cases" by solicitor Helen Leadbetter, of Saunders & Co, who represented Manigan.
The pair were responsible for a high-profile raid on Deutsche Bank last November. State-of-the-art Sun server boards were taken from financial institutions, and Islington-based internet service provider Net Benefit was hit in a hi-tech crime wave resulting in as many as 10 attacks a month on London's financial district.
Sheenan and Manigan both posed as employees, with the help of swipe cards provided by insiders, but were later identified from closed circuit television tapes.
Harris' team, meanwhile, used forged security cards to gain access to their targets.
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