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Five jailed after police catch cash machine heist gang

Credit: West Midlands Police Police have released CCTV footage of a string of cash-machine “drag-out” offences committed by an organised crime gang which targeted hospitals, train stations, shops and cafes. West Midlands Police issued details of 11 linked offences, which netted about £250,000 in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Birmingham, after five men were jailed for between five and eight years at the city’s Crown Court. The raids included a theft in October 2018, when masked offenders walked into Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, loaded an ATM on to a trolley and walked out past members of the public. Detectives said a combination of CCTV, forensic analysis and phone evidence was used to bring the gang to justice, after they were forced to abandon a Ford Transit van being used as a getaway vehicle.

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