Three men who were arrested moments before they were planning to rob a cash in transit van carrying £14m in cash have been jailed for ten years each.
Lee Faulkner, 38, of Shelthorpe Avenue, Loughborough, Mitchell Corbin, 36, of Belvoir Drive, Leicester, and Daniel Locke, 35, of Leicester Road, Shepshed, admitted conspiring to commit a series of robberies across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire between 14 March 2017 and 22 March 2017.
The group used weapons and the threat of violence toward their victims before taking cash from businesses and cash in transit vans. They also stole vehicles and number plates to use in the commission of the robberies.
The conspiracy encompassed the following offences:
- Robbery of BMW M4 at Nottingham Knight Pub car park, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, on March 15.
- Attempted cash in transit robbery at Co-Op Travel, Long Row, Nottingham, on 17 March.
- Cash in transit robbery at BP Services, A1 Southbound carriageway, North Muskham on 17 March.
- Robbery at Motor Monkey Commercials, Sparrow Hill, Loughborough on 17 March.
- Cash in transit robbery at Tesco Express, High Street, Measham, Leicestershire on 21 March.
- Robbery of an Audi Q5 in Hoton, Leicestershire on 21 March.
- Preparation for cash in transit robbery at Eastwood, Rotherham, on 21 March.
Following an investigation by Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Team, the men admitted the charges when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 11 May 2017.
Detective Sergeant Mike Broddell said: “This investigation involved dangerous offenders from Leicestershire who had committed a series of cash in transit offences across the East Midlands.
“They were arrested following an operation conducted by Nottinghamshire Police, outside a security depot in Rotherham, at a time when the next vehicle to leave the premises was carrying £14 million in cash.
“What followed was a complex investigation to piece together the activities of the group over the preceding week to culminate in a conspiracy charge which started with the robbery of a BMW M4 at the Nottingham Knight public house on 15 March 2017 and ended at the cash depot in Rotherham on 21 March 2017.
“The sentences handed down by Judge Rafferty today reflect the seriousness of the offences and will keep three dangerous individuals off our streets for some significant time.”