Five men jailed in relation to ATM thefts

|News, Violent crime

A gang of five men have been jailed for conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery for a combined total of more than 30 years.

Jason Mobey, Jimmy Shea and Les Keet conspired to target various ATMs across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, stealing in excess of half a million pounds and causing approximately £900,000 in damage between July and November 2018.

Jason Mobey, Les Keet, Eric Summerfield and Melvyn Beech further conspired to violently rob a Surrey resident within their home.

The gang would use heavy machinery to carry out the ram raids before stealing the cash machines during the hours of darkness.

Heavy machinery and getaway vehicles would be stolen, generally from close proximity to offence locations with the group favouring rural farming locations or housing developments.

Many of the vehicles stolen were subsequently burnt out in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Head of Serious Organised Crime for Surrey and Sussex, Detective Superintendent Karen Mizzi said: “The sentences handed down show the seriousness of these crimes.

“This successful result was due to the teamwork involved and I am grateful to all of the officers involved in bringing these men to justice.

“This organised crime group were relentless but we were able to gather enough evidence to arrest them and put them before the courts.

“This included the sharing of information between neighbouring forces and partner agencies, which was a massive help in progressing this investigation.

“ATM thefts are a national issue and we will work with all our neighbouring forces, and on a national level, to ensure that these organised crime groups are stopped at source.”

Libby Clark from the CPS said: “These were a series of audacious, but very carefully planned raids, with the defendants stealing the equipment they needed from nearby building sites, so they could then repeatedly ram the ATMs and remove them, before taking them to remote areas to remove the cash from them.

“The impact of these robberies cannot be underestimated. It’s not just about the money they escaped with. In some cases, there were flats above the cash machines and large scale structural damage was caused to a number of the buildings. None of us can imagine the fear that people living in those flats would have experienced during the raid.

“Such was the weight of evidence against the gang that they were left with no option but to plead guilty.”

Notes to editors

  • Libby Clark is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit of CPS South East
  • Jason Mobey, 40, of Macdonald Road, Farnham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary (non-dwelling) and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was jailed for ten years, eight months at Hove Crown Court.
  • Jimmy Shea, 24, of Nursery Road, Alton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary (non-dwelling). He was jailed for six years.
  • Les Keet, 29, of Cobbetts Close, Normandy, pleaded guilty conspiracy to commit burglary (non-dwelling) and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was jailed for eight years.
  • Eric Summerfield, 63, of Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was jailed for three years, four months.
  • Melvyn Beech, 47, of Kingston Road, Leatherhead, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was jailed for three years, four months.
  • Mobey, Shea and Keet have also been handed a Serious Crime Prevention Order, to last five years.

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