29th Jan 2011

Cash machine robbers jailed

Three men have been jailed for breaking into a shop and dragging the cash machine out with a rope.

Tony Lees, Ryan Daly and Joseph Pike were sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Monday, January 24.

The trio were charged with burgling a house in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, taking an Audi A4 from the property and then burgling Manor Stores, in Manor Park Road, Glossop.

Lees (25), of Demesne Drive, Stalybridge, was sentenced to six years for burgling Manor Stores, two years for burgling the Holmfirth house and four months for taking the car without consent, to be served concurrently. He asked three other offences to be taken into account.

Daly (21), of Broadway, Stockport, was jailed for three years for the shop burglary, 18 months for the house burglary and four months for taking the car, to be served concurrently.

Pike (20), of Sand Street, Stalybridge, was sentenced to four years in a Young Offender Institution for the Manor Stores burglary, 18 months for the house burglary and four months for taking the Audi, also to be served concurrently.

Police were called to the shop at 2.40am on Tuesday, July 27 2010, after residents reported a break-in at the store. They discovered the group had reversed the Audi into the shop front, tied a rope around the cash machine and dragged it from the building.

They then drove along a farm track and unloaded the machine into another car. Officers searching the area found the three on the farm track and arrested them.

Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis said: “These three committed a catalogue of crimes that night, burgling someone’s home, stealing their car and then causing significant damage to a shop.

“Lees, Daly and Pike were caught quickly and brought to justice. I am pleased with these sentences and I hope they act as a deterrent to anyone thinking of getting involved in crime.”

Written by Martin