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Thieves for ATMs they blew up with petrol bombs jailed

Two men have been jailed after they blew up cashpoints and stole nearly £50K in cash.

Two men have been jailed after they blew up cashpoints and stole nearly £50K in cash.

Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock targeted eight machines across Essex and London between 2019 and 2020.

Police said they used explosives to gain access and in one case even threw a petrol bomb at an ATM.

The pair admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and handling stolen goods and were jailed for up to 15 years each.

Basildon Crown Court heard that they caused around £15,000 in damage during the crime streak.

Whitlock, 37, from Walton-on-the-Naze, also admitted to failing to comply with a serious crime prevention order.

Crowley, 36, of no fixed address, also admitted possession of a class A drug.

Explosion at an attempt in Stock Road, West Hanningfield. See SWNS story SWCAcash. Two men have been jailed over explosive ATM theft attempts. London and Essex pair who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly ?50,000 from cash machines, have been jailed. Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or tried to steal from, eight cash machines across Essex and London between 27 November 2019 and 14 January 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel, and in one case threw a petrol bomb.
(Picture: Essex Police/SWNS)
Anthony Crowley caught on CCTV during an incident in Market Road, Wickford. See SWNS story SWCAcash. Two men have been jailed over explosive ATM theft attempts. London and Essex pair who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly ?50,000 from cash machines, have been jailed. Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or tried to steal from, eight cash machines across Essex and London between 27 November 2019 and 14 January 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel, and in one case threw a petrol bomb.
(Picture: Essex Police/SWNS)
A damaged ATM following an incident in Ongar Road, Brentwood. See SWNS story SWCAcash. Two men have been jailed over explosive ATM theft attempts. London and Essex pair who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly ?50,000 from cash machines, have been jailed. Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or tried to steal from, eight cash machines across Essex and London between 27 November 2019 and 14 January 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel, and in one case threw a petrol bomb.
(Picture: Essex Police/SWNS)

Whitlock was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Crowley was jailed for 14 and a half years.

They had stolen or attempted to steal from, cash machines in Brentwood, Wickford, Clacton, and West Hanningfield in Essex and Plaistow, Woodford Green, Cold Harbour, and Brixton in London.

Detective superintendent Lee Morton from the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate said the pair ‘went to extreme lengths to steal money from cash machines’.

He continued: ‘The methods they used posed a serious risk to the welfare of people living and working near to the ATMs they targeted and it was fortunate no-one was injured.

‘Their actions, driven by greed and their own financial gain, were reckless even throwing a petrol bomb at one cash machine they had failed to get into.’

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