Four blundering criminals behind a series of botched ATM raids have been jailed for a total of more than 24 years.
CCTV footage showed them using stolen lorries to smash their way into banks, post offices and an off-licence between October 2018 and August 2019 — before leaving empty handed.
In the first of the Birmingham raids, the gang drove a stolen van into the side of a Nationwide branch. But they failed to gain access to the ATM and sped away in an Audi.
Next they tied straps to a cash machine at a Lloyds Bank, but fled when police arrived.
Days later, they crashed a stolen van into a Drink Buster store in another failed bid.
The gang also rammed two post offices, hurling a hammer at police who responded on the second occasion.
Detectives found mobile phone and car evidence linking four men to the crime.
At Birmingham crown court, Chad Lee, 30, Corey Jones, 30, Reece Proffitt, 24, all of Erdington, and Ishmael Farquharson, 30, of Yardley, were jailed for between 10 years and two months, and three years and two months for offences including burglary.
Lee was charged with assaulting an emergency worker after he spat, coughed and claimed he had Covid during his arrest.
He and Proffitt were also convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.
Detective constable Max Gebhard said the gang were willing to use violence, adding: ‘Thankfully they’re now behind bars for a considerable amount of time.’
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