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Raiders sliced open Sedgley cash machine in £42k blag
12:55pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
RAIDERS sliced open a Sedgley supermarket cash machine before leading cops on a high-speed chase.
The gang used a metal disc cutter to cut their way into the ATM at Costcutter in the Alderwood shopping precinct before removing two cash cassettes containing £41,990 and taking more money from the till.
Scott Parton and Simon Pagett, with the help of Gavin Keats and a fourth man, forced open metal shutters to gain access to store.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Sally Cairns, prosecuting, said neighbours in the area were woken by the sound of a revving engine, loud bangs and the smell of burning and they quickly notified police.
The thieves then sped from the scene in the Subaru Impreza stolen from a house in Malvern where they also got away with £3,000 worth of jewellery.
The left behind £3,000 worth of damage at the supermarket and during a police pursuit after the raid hit speeds of 90mph before crashing the vehicle in Darkhouse Lane, Coseley.
The disc cutter was found in the abandoned car along with one of the cash cassettes but the second cassette, estimated to have contained £28,000, was not recovered.
Pagett and Parton were arrested within an hour of the shop raid on May 1 but Keats was not picked up by police until a month later having been traced through forensic evidence on clothing discarded by the gang as they fled from the scene.
Parton, aged 31, of Trees Road and Pagett, 32, of Rowlands Gardens, both Walsall, admitted conspiracy to burgle. Parton was jailed for four years ten months while Pagett was sent to prison for four years six months.
Keats, 30, of Hadley Road, Walsall, admitted burgling the Costcutter supermarket and was sentenced to two years nine months by Recorder Denis Desmond who described the attack as a "professional burglary."
Nicholas Smith, for Pagett, told Wolverhampton Crown Court his client realised he had "made a grave error of judgement" when he decided to commit the offences and he could offer no excuses for his actions.
Simon Rippon, for Parton, said the only mitigation he could offer was his guilty plea while Stephen Cadwaladr, for Pagett, stressed his client had only been involved in the one burglary.
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