Three men described as “professional, lifestyle criminals” were jailed for 27 years following a wave of cash-in-transit robberies across the country.
The men, who are predominately from the Merseyside area, were sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 21st August) at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to rob.
Kevin McLoughlin, aged 32, of Wavertree, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Wesley Owens, aged 32, of St Helens, was sentenced to nine years in jail.
Christopher Scully, aged 44, of Palacefields, Runcorn in Cheshire, was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.
The police investigation in to the ‘organised crime group’ was launched after the robbery of a cash box by three men from a security guard at the Leominster branch of a supermarket on June 21 2010.
Detectives linked this crime with a robbery in Worcester on May 13 when a security guard’s cash box was stolen. Police then connected the gang to three other crimes in 2010:
- On February 19 a stolen seven-tonne, flatbed lorry was used to smash a wall of a cash depot in Newport, Gwent. A large number of coins were stolen during the raid.
- On March 8 , a stolen Ford Focus was driven through the glass doors of a local bank branch in Chippenham. Three men then got out and stole cash being delivered to supply an ATM .
- On June 10 a cash box was snatched from a security guard attempting to fill an ATM at a garage in Bristol.
Detective Inspector Carl Moore from West Mercia Police’s Serious And Organised Crime Unit, said: “This was a group of professional, lifestyle criminals.
“I believe they thought we were a soft target, but I want organised crime groups to know they cannot come on to provincial areas like West Mercia without fear of being caught. We pursued Scully, Owens and McLoughlin across the country and were tireless in getting this conviction.”