Cash-in-transit van robbers jailed

13/06/2011

Two men were today sentenced to a total of 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court for conspiracy to steal over half a million pounds from a cash-in-transit van in Birmingham last year.

Saheed Ali Novsarka, aged 47 and Ashley Nathan Judge, aged 26 were both found guilty at an earlier hearing in March 2011 for their involvement in the attempted robbery and today Novsarka was sentenced to seven years and Judge for five and half years. 

 Neil Fielding, Special Casework Lawyer for the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Complex Casework Unit, said: "This case provides an example of the commitment of the police and CPS to pursue people who abuse their position of trust to assist organised criminals and those more directly involved in organised crime.

 "On the 15th June, 2010, a cash-in-transit van being driven by Saheed Ali Novsarka was apparently robbed. This happened towards the end of its daily round.

 "The offenders gained entry to the vehicle outside the Next Store at the Battery Park Retail Park in Birmingham. The van was then driven away to a more secluded location where £562,310 was stolen.

 "Extensive police inquiries established the identities of a number of people who had been in contact with the driver of the van in the run up to the events.

 "Advanced techniques were used to analyse a range of technical evidence and this ultimately provided a compelling case against those convicted. This evidence showed that the people who had been in contact with Shaheed Ali Novsarka prior to the 15th could also be connected to the offence on the day.

 "Mr Novsarka quite cynically complained about his treatment by the police. He originally denied all involvement with the crime claiming to be the victim. At the trial he admitted he was involved, but claimed that he was acting under duress. The jury quite plainly rejected this account."