‘Ruth­less’ gang ram­raided shops to steal en­tire ATMs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By QASIM PERACHA

A “RUTH­LESS” gang of men stole en­tire cash ma­chines from stores in and around Bucks by ram­ming ve­hi­cles into shop fronts.

The au­da­cious rob­beries took place from Fe­bru­ary 1 to March 8, dur­ing which time the gang man­aged to ram raid five dif­fer­ent stores in­clud­ing one in Chal­font St Peter.

The group’s first cash ma­chine was stolen just be­fore mid­night on Fe­bru­ary 5 from a store in Chal­font St Peter.

Three days later, the gang were at it again in Farn­bor­ough, Hamp­shire, at around 11pm. A mem­ber of the pub­lic saw one of the men exit their car wield­ing an axe.

They tried to in­ter­vene but the gang mem­ber raised the axe above their head and threat­ened them.

Another wit­ness de­cided to fol­low the gang and made a note of their num­ber plate and passed on all the in­for­ma­tion to po­lice. The High Sher­iff put the wit­ness for­ward for a spe­cial com­men­da­tion.

On Fe­bru­ary 12, the gang tar­geted a ma­chine in Hot­spur Road, Northolt, at around 10.45pm. This time, po­lice ar­rived just as they were load­ing the cash ma­chine into the back of their car.

In a fren­zied bid to es­cape, they rammed the po­lice car sev­eral times be­fore even­tu­ally mak­ing a break for it.

After a two-week pause, the gang were at it again, steal­ing a cash ma­chine from Clacket Lane Ser­vices on the M25 near Wester­ham. Just after mid­night on March 7 the gang tar­geted a shop in Brabazon Road, Houn­slow. This time po­lice ar­rived swiftly, ar­rest­ing Kirk McIn­er­ney and Pa­trick McIn­er­ney red handed.

Liam Keenan. 40, man­aged to es­cape from the scene in the get­away car but was ar­rested later in Stan­well, near his home in The Nightin­gales, Staines.

The re­main­ing gang mem­ber Benn Wat­son, 39, sur­ren­dered him­self to a po­lice sta­tion in Houn­slow on March 12 after Met Po­lice launched a Fly­ing Squad in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Two dumped cash ma­chines had been dis­cov­ered in Bed­font Lanes, Houn­slow, on Fe­bru­ary 9. De­tec­tives in the case were later able to ver­ify that these had been the two ma­chines stolen after the first two ram raids.

All four gang mem­bers were charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary, which Kirk McIn­er­ney, 29, and Pa­trick McIn­er­ney, 37, pleaded guilty to. Keenan and Wat­son were also con­victed of con­spir­acy to steal.

Kirk McIn­er­ney, of Lower Road, Den­ham, Pa­trick McIn­er­ney of Ay­cliffe Road, Bore­ham­wood, and Wat­son, of Long Lane, Stan- well, were all jailed for nine years at a Wool­wich Crown Court hear­ing on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 12. Keenan was jailed for eight years at the same hear­ing. All four were ac­quit­ted of con­spir­acy to com­mit ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Matt Hol­lands from the Met’s Fly­ing Squad said: “These men showed ruth­less­ness in the com­mis­sion of these of­fences and it is clear they were in­tent on us­ing vi­o­lence and weapons to en­sure they were suc­cess­ful.

“They showed no con­cern for the wel­fare or safety of any mem­ber of the pub­lic, em­ploy­ees of the venues, or the po­lice when they drove their ve­hi­cles at shops, doors, and po­lice cars at speed.

“These four showed no re­gard for the law and at­tempted to carry out au­da­cious crimes with no fear of ret­ri­bu­tion, but this case should send a clear mes­sage to any­one con­sid­er­ing car­ry­ing out such acts that we will work in­cred­i­bly hard to iden­tify you, ar­rest you, and bring you to jus­tice.”

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