Five in robbery gang are jailed over £70,000 haul
FIVE Bulwell men have been locked up for their part in stealing more than £70,000 in cash from security guards.
In one robbery, a G4S security guard was hit with a baseball bat. In another, the guard was threatened with a hammer.
The men were jailed for a total of more than 40 years.
A woman from Eastwood was given a nine-month suspended sentence for handling criminal property.
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The gang robbed a security guard of cash on May 5 last year while he was at a Tesco store in Infirmary Road, Sheffield.
They struck again five days later in Leicester, targeting a security guard as he visited the Nationwide Building Society on The Nook, in Anstey.
On both occasions, police said, the victims were badly shaken.
The robberies sparked a massive investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit's serious organised crime team, which led to almost 800 statements being taken.
The group's crimes began to catch up with them as they were traced through the stolen money they had used in shops, pubs and clubs in Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester during May last year.
When the thieves tampered with the cash containers, they triggered a security feature that covered the bank notes in "Smartwater" – an invisible fluid with a special DNA-style code unique to each container – enabling the recovered money to be linked to the robberies.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Lecky Grewal said: "This was an organised criminal outfit, who executed their plans with an alarming level of violence which left their victims shaken. They showed little or no regard for anything other than getting hold of the money."
All six were sentenced yesterday at Leicester Crown Court.
Ashley Charles, 24, of Squires Avenue, Bulwell, was jailed for 12 years for the Sheffield robbery after being found guilty in a trial.
Anton Sylvester, 25, of Leonard Street, Bulwell, was sentenced to eight years after admitting the Sheffield robbery.
Kyle Morgan, 25, of Potters Hollow, Bulwell, was sentenced to ten years after admitting his part in the Sheffield and Leicester robberies.
Issac McNual, 24, of Bonington Close, Bulwell, was given 12 years for the Leicester robbery after being found guilty following a trial.
Roxanne Wilson, 25, Moon Crescent, Eastwood, received a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and 150 hours of community service after she admitted handling criminal property.
Daniel Monaghan, 25, Northall Avenue, Bulwell, was sentenced to 15 months after pleading guilty to handling criminal property and an unrelated offence of driving while disqualified.
A seventh man, Farren Melluish, 28, of Hallam Crescent East, Leicester, was sentenced to two years after admitting possessing criminal property.