A gang was caught in front of the camera with an excavator to rip an ATM with almost £ 80,000 out of a village shop.
The excavator, stolen from a nearby farm, was used to tear down the wall of the co-op store in Debenham, Suffolk, causing 30,000 pounds of damage.
Three members of the gang jumped through the hole and put belts around the ATM so that the excavator could pull him over the rubble.
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The excavator, stolen from a nearby farm, was used to tear down the wall of the co-op store in Debenham, Suffolk. One of the thieves is pictured above
It was hoisted in the back of a Ford Transit before the gang fled it shortly after 3:30 p.m. on November 12 last year.
However, a locator revealed to the police that the 78,420-pound machine had been moved 13 miles to a disused barn in Syleham near Eye, Suffolk.
The officers drove down a country road on the way to the barn at 4.05am when a stolen red Audi S4 was driven towards them by gang members.
The driver tried to make a U-turn on the narrow road, but bumped into a hedge when the police rammed into the car and jammed it.
The stolen excavator is used to tear down the wall. It was hoisted in the back of a Ford Transit before the gang fled it shortly after 3:30 p.m. on November 12 last year
The two men in front jumped out and ran across a field into the dark. 30-year-old accomplice Jesse Gatehouse remained trapped in the back seat.
Gatehouse of Colchester, Essex, was arrested when officers, assisted by a dog unit, searched in vain for his accomplices.
The white transit van was found nearby about ten minutes later. The ATM and its contents were still inside.
Gatehouse was charged with breaking into the business and taken into custody in prison.
The two men in front jumped out and ran across a field into the dark. The 30-year-old accomplice Jesse Gatehouse, pictured above, was trapped in the back seat
He was visited in prison by the Suffolk Police Operation Converter, which allows the accused to admit that otherwise unsolved crimes will be taken into account in the conviction.
Gatehouse admitted that he had played a role in the theft of the Audi from a house in Danbury, Essex, and the theft of the Ford Transit and teleloader excavator in the hours before the ramming attack two weeks earlier.
The Ford van was stolen from the town hall in Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, and its roof was torn down to house the ATM while the teleloader was being taken from a farm near Debenham.
He also admitted to having been involved in a robbery when a stolen Land Rover Defender was brought back to the front of a SPAR store just before 2:45 p.m. on November 4, outside a SPAR store in Glemsford, near Sudbury, Suffolk , although nothing was stolen.
Gatehouse was detained at Ipswich Crown Court for 52 months after he was charged with break-ins, attempted break-ins, vehicle theft, and criminal damage.
Judge David Goodin said to him, "They don't get much more serious about commercial break-ins."
Russell Butcher, who is indicting, said the offenses required considerable planning and were exacerbated by their impact on the community.
Defending Kelly Fernandez-Lee said Gatehouse had been very cooperative with detectives, although he was unwilling to name his accomplices.
She said the father of three had a minor role in the raids and was really repentant.
Suffolk Police Detective Inspector Matt Adams said after the hearing: “It will be reassuring for local businesses to see Jesse Gatehouse locked up for the foreseeable future, only because of his early admission of guilt and commitment to the Op Converter team . that he avoided a prison sentence of more than seven years.
The immediate arrest and sentencing of Gatehouse was made possible by the fantastic reaction of the police on the night of the ramming attack in Debenham.
The ram hunters were caught in front of the camera with an excavator to rip an ATM of nearly £ 80,000 from a village shop
“Local officials were not only involved in the search for the perpetrators, but were also supported by colleagues from the street and armed police team – who brought the Audi to a standstill – and the police dog unit.
“Although the other two criminals escaped capture that night and remain at large, our efforts to identify and locate them continue. However, the positive result of that night was that at least one of the perpetrators was caught and the ATM was where the money was still.
“Crimes like this leave a trail of destruction and numerous victims. the people whose vehicles were stolen and often written off through abuse; to the tens of thousands of pounds of damage done to the buildings.
“This usually means that stores have to be closed for a certain period of time, which means that the business loses more revenue and many residents are denied access to an important local facility.
& # 39; The great work of the Op Converter team means that Gatehouse has now admitted its involvement in a total of seven offenses, not just the one it was accused of, and I hope this does some to the other victims of satisfaction.
"We have other criminals who need to be brought to justice in connection with these offenses, so I urge anyone who knows something that could assist our investigation to come forward."
Anyone with any information is requested to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference number 68441/19.
Three members of the gang jumped through the hole and put belts around the ATM so that the excavator could pull him over the rubble