Trio steal £13k from ticket ma­chines

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

VIL­LAINS stole more than £13,000 from Metrolink ticket ma­chines.

David Rodgers, 43, Michael Gavin, 42, and Paul Higham, 40, have all been jailed for the elab­o­rate spate of thefts across Greater Manch­ester, in­clud­ing Mil­nrow.

They clocked up nearly 500 pre­vi­ous of­fences be­tween them, a court heard as they were sent down. The men were part of a gang which hit 25 ma­chines at 14 sta­tions.

Metrolink lost al­most £140,000 from the crim­i­nal scheme, from the amount of cash stolen and the cost of re­pair­ing ma­chines.

Some of their staff were praised for their ‘pub­lic spir­ited’ ac­tions in help­ing to catch the men.

The gang’s 10-day spree in De­cem­ber 2017, saw them ar­rive at sta­tions in ●●In­set from left, Paul Higham, Michael Gavin and David Rodgers were jailed for a spate of of­fences and (main pic­ture) the thieves on the plat­form at Crump­sall Metrolink sta­tion the early hours when the trams weren’t run­ning. They tried to keep po­lice guess­ing by strik­ing in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the re­gion.

A to­tal of £13,520 in notes was stolen dur­ing the at­tacks, with a num­ber of masked men us­ing an­gle grinders and saws to get into the ma­chines.

Rodgers, of Mul­berry Court, Pendle­ton; Gavin, of Eastham Way, Lit­tle Hul­ton; and Higham, of Eastham Way, Lit­tle Hul­ton, all pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to steal.

Gavin was jailed for five years and four months; Rodgers for five years; and Higham for two years and six months.

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