Three men who admitted being involved in an audacious plot to rip a cashpoint machine from the wall of a town’s Co-op were jailed for a total of 15 years at Winchester Crown Court today, (Thursday, July 11).
The defendants used a stolen JCB telehandler to wrench the ATM out of the shop’s frontage and then dropped it in the back of a stolen transit van before making off.
All three were caught following a pursuit by officers from Hampshire Constabulary, Surrey Police and a helicopter from the National Police Air Service, across the three counties of Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.
All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle on May 7, 2019 at Headley Road, Liphook.
Joseph Beech, 46, of Applegarth Avenue, Guildford, was sentenced to five years in custody for conspiracy to burgle.
Daniel Hilton, 33, of The Mead, Liphook, was sentenced to four and a half years for conspiracy to burgle and six months consecutive for dangerous driving after admitting being the driver of the getaway BMW.
James Sayers, 29, of Rushett Common, Bramley, Guildford, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy to burgle