Cash Machine Thieves Jailed


A gang that targeted free-standing cash machines in FECs, amusement parks and caravan sites has been jailed for nearly 20 years.

David Owens, 35, Shaun Ennis, 41, and Kevin Caveney, 26, disabled the alarm systems before forcing open the cash machines and stealing the money. The gang scoured the motorway network looking for targets across England before pulling off a series of burglaries between January and July of last year.

In April last year, Flamingo Land in Malton North Yorkshire was targeted and a large quantity of cash was stolen from a machine that had been forced open with a crowbar. The previous afternoon, Owens was caught on CCTV with Caveney in the restaurant playing pool.

And on 21 May the St Minver holiday park in Wadebridge, Cornwall, was burgled by offenders who used hand tools to remove the entire cash machine from floor brackets and left in a Vauxhall Insignia. The Merseyside-based gang also stole from service stations and colleges.

But a police patrol pursued the car and found it abandoned with the machine and cash still inside.

Owens was jailed for seven years, Ennis received six-and-a-half years and Caveney five years and nine months at Preston crown court on Monday after admitting a single charge of conspiracy to burgle, police said. In addition Robin Vaughan, 39, was sentenced to 18 months for assisting offenders.


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