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£700,000 stolen from ATMs across Britain using circular saws

A gang that stole almost £700,000 from supermarket cash machines across the country by sawing into them with power tools have been jailed.

The robbers who lived in the Midlands used high-powered circular saws designed for cutting railway lines to remove the fronts of cash machines during a 14-month crime spree.

Between September 2010 and November 2011 the four raiders robbed 33 supermarkets and home addresses, stealing at least £684,210 in cash and £250,000 worth of cars.

Prosecutor Mr Cartwright quoted: “The gang used a metal template that was similar to a snooker triangle. If it was placed in exactly the right place, it did not set off the automatic locks. It was clearly designed by somebody who had an intimate knowledge of that particular type of cashpoint and the locks.”

The court heard how the gang scoured the pages of Auto Trader to find people selling high-end second-hand sports cars locally.

They then traced the owners before stealing £250,000-worth of Audi and BMW sports cars which they used as getaway vehicles.

They made their getaways in the stolen cars which they used to outrun police at speeds exceeding 150mph in dangerous night-time pursuits. One car, found after it was dumped following a chase, had been travelling so fast that its brake discs were still glowing red hot when it was discovered.

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Caught on camera: A CCTV still capturing the gang entering the CO-OP in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, attacking the ATM with sawing equipment before emptying it.

assing sentence, Judge Peter Tomlinson said 'each case involved theft and damage that caused a great degree of economic and commercial loss to the victim.'

Noel Reilly, 33, of Birchills, West Midlands, and David Holmes, 31, of Walsall, West Midlands, were each jailed for seven years after they admitted two charges of conspiring to commit commercial burglaries. Simon Phillips, 33, of Billesley, West Midlands, was jailed for five years and Darren Buckley, 35, of Acocks Green, Birmingham, was sentenced to five years, seven months.

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