Cash machine ram raid gang are jailed
A gang which ripped cash machines from shops and banks using stolen vehicles has been jailed.
Gary Self, 47, Reuben Reynolds, 30, John Charles, 38, and Nathan Steele, 31, had admitted conspiracy to burgle at an earlier hearing.
Self and Reynolds were each jailed for six-and-a-half years, Charles for five years and Steele four-and-a-half years.
Lincoln Crown Court heard they targeted homes and firms in Derbyshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Detectives said Self, of Hazelwood Avenue, Lincoln; Reynolds, of College Close, Newark; Charles, of Welbeck Road, Retford; and Steele, of Carlton Road, Newark; formed a "highly sophisticated" gang which burgled properties across the region, including Lincolnshire, between November 2011 and February 2012.
They would steal cars for transport and also industrial or agricultural vehicles to take cash machines out of commercial buildings. The cost of their crimes was estimated at about £350,000.
The machines were taken to rural locations and cutting equipment used to break them open, officers said.
Thefts were successful at the Nat West Bank in Bingham, Nottinghamshire; and the Co-op stores in Kegworth and Asfordby, Leicestershire.
Attempted raids at Retford in Nottinghamshire, Shepshed in Leicestershire, Two Dales in Derbyshire, and Long Bennington in Lincolnshire were disturbed by police.
Detectives said the gang was caught when it was disturbed by a police patrol on 27 February, preparing to attack another cash machine.
Self was tracked down by a police helicopter and dog handler, and further investigations led to the arrest of the other members.
Police confirmed Self and Reynolds were jailed for a string of similar robberies in 2009.