04:32AM, Wednesday 01 February 2012
Well-known offender Jack Dainty has been released from prison despite admitting handling stolen goods.
But Dainty, who was already in prison on remand, walked free from Aylesbury Crown Court after being released due to time already served.
He will remain under an ASBO until March 2013 and was warned any breaches would result in him returning to prison.
Four other men admitted burglaries after £90,000 of cigarettes were stolen in 15 incidents between January 17 and March 25 last year.
Sam Walker, 21, of Pemberton Road, Slough, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and Tom Jacob, 21, of Wordsworth Road, Slough, was jailed for 27 months.
All five were banned from driving for 20 months after their release.
Detective Inspector Mark Lynch said: "The judge commented that defendants had acted as a gang and had specifically targeted small businesses already struggling in the current economic climate. To make matters worse many had been breaching existing bail conditions for similar type offences.
"I hope that this result sends out a strong message to the community that it is the small minority that choose to commit crime in the area and that we will do all that we can to bring those responsible for any criminal activity to justice."