Cash machine gang who raided ATMs in Leicestershire is jailed
An organised crime gang who robbed ATM machines from banks and shops has been jailed for a total of over 20 years.
Four men were sentenced in relation to a charge of conspiracy to burgle worth around £350,000 in cash and damage, at Lincoln Crown Court.
The gang targeted homes and firms in Derbyshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire between November 2011 and February this year.
Gary Michael Self, 47, of Coneygrey Spinney, Flintham, near Newark and Reuben Thomas Reynolds, 30, of College Close, Newark, were both jailed for six-and-a-half years.
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John Ronald Charles, 38, of Welbeck Road, Retford was jailed for five years and Nathan Robert Steele, 31, of Carlton Road, Newark was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
They stole cars for transport to and from crime scenes and industrial or agricultural vehicles to rip the ATMs from the walls of the commercial buildings.
The gang would take the ATMs to remote rural locations and use oxyacetylene cutting equipment to break them open and access the cash.
Thefts were successful at the National Westminster Bank in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the Co-op store in Kegworth, Leicestershire and the Co-op in Asfordby, Leicestershire.
Attempted thefts disturbed by the police were at Retford in Nottinghamshire, Shepshed in Leicestershire, Two Dales in Derbyshire and Long Bennington in Lincolnshire.
The gang’s crime spree was ended on February 27 when they were disturbed by a police patrol in Derbyshire as they were preparing to attack another ATM machine in the area.
Lincolnshire police said: “This sentencing sends out a powerful message to organised crime groups across the region and country.
"If you indulge in criminality in the East Midlands you will be swiftly arrested, investigated and put before the courts.
“Our investigation demonstrates the benefits of collaborative crime fighting across the Midlands and it is important that the extensive hard work of officers originating from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire is recognised.”