Cash van thief is sent to prison
An opportunistic thief who thought he had struck it lucky when he drove off in a security van collecting money from parking meters has been given a 30-month detention.
Belfast Crown Court heard that seconds after the driver of the security van got out to help his colleague, Gavin Gerard Francis Wilson (18), of Lady Street, jumped in and drove off.
He took the security van to west Belfast where the sides were cut open like a can and over £13,000 was taken, along with a bunch of security keys for the parking meters.
Defence lawyer Barry Gibson described it as an “opportunistic” type robbery in which a passing Wilson thought that he “did strike it lucky” when he spotted the empty driving seat.
Wilson, who claimed he was only paid £470 from the takings, pleaded guilty to charges of taking and driving away the van, theft and criminal damage.
His sentence was split between 12 months custody and 18 months on supervised licence.