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Two computer blaggers have been sentenced to six years each for a series of high profile thefts of boards from Sun servers last autumn.

Tony Manigan, 29, and John Sheehan, 21, admitted they'd been part of a crew which stole the Sun kit to order and had scored more than £3 million worth of kit.

At Southwark Crown Court last month they help up their hands to two separate jobs on Deutsche Bank, as well as raids on Chase Manhattan Bank and Islington based ISP Net Benefit.

The pair had secured swipe cards from insiders to get into the banks, but were later identified from CCTV footage.

Solicitor Helen Leadbetter, of Saunders & Co, who represented Manigan told vnunet.com that she felt the sentences had been quite severe. She felt this was because of the high value of the goods stolen.

Police are still chasing the rest of the high-tech crime crew. They have teamed up with forensic scientists to discover ways of grabbing DNA samples from the IT hardware scenes of crime. ®

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