Five men have been jailed for total of 50 years after officers from our serious and organised crime unit were able to link them unquestionably to the theft of an ATM.
We were called to the incident, at a Co-op in Panners Parade, in Great Notley, in the early hours of 7 January.
Officers were quickly able to identify that a Ford Transit van had been used during the incident.
It had reversed into the shop shutters and caused extensive damage to the front entrance.
Five men then got out of the vehicle and linked the ATM to the Transit, which was used to dislodge it.
The ATM was then taken away from the scene by the men in two cars; an Audi and Volkswagen Golf, both stolen by means of violent and threatening acts towards victims they targeted in the days leading up to the 7 January.
At about 6.20am, the remnants of the stolen ATM were located in Colne Engaine.
Detective Inspector Frazer Low, of our serious and organised crime unit, led the investigation. He said:
“These individuals clearly thought they could get away with these invasive and incredibly damaging crimes, but they were wrong. “Thanks to the work of the investigative team, we were able to use a variety of policing tactics in order to quickly identify them as the perpetrators and put arrest strategies in place. “We were able to quickly get these men off the streets and such was the evidence we were able to offer to the Crown Prosecution Service, all five men were left with very little option but to admit their guilt and were sentenced appropriately on Tuesday. “To any crime groups who believes they can commit crime in Essex, we will identify you, we will track you down, you will be arrested and ultimately jailed for a significant period.”
Our district is a safer place
Chief Inspector Martin Richards, Braintree district commander, added:
“This was an excellent piece of detective work by our specialist teams and it has secured lengthy convictions of career criminals. “Our teams have consistently worked tirelessly to help the communities of Braintree and Uttlesford and putting people behind bars who are resolved on criminal intent. “I have no doubt these convictions and sentences have made our district a much safer place.”