Crown court trial for gang of four charged over Long Sutton ATM raid

A JCB digger allegedly used in an attempt to rip out an ATM outside the Spar shop in Long Sutton.
A JCB digger allegedly used in an attempt to rip out an ATM outside the Spar shop in Long Sutton.
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Four men accused of carrying out a raid on a cash machine outside a Long Sutton shop are to face a crown court trial next month.

Levi Mitchell (31), of Gibb Croft, Harlow, Essex, Dale Smith (28), of Malvern Meadows, Worcester, along with Leo Smith (20), of Spriggs Road, Peterborough, and Levi Smith (49), of Coniston Road, Peterborough, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary at the Spar shop in London Road.

The men are alleged to have used a JCB digger to rip an ATM from the wall outside the shop during the early hours of Monday morning.

Police recovered the JCB at the scene, as well as the ATM which was still intact.

All four men were remanded in custody for trial at Lincoln Crown Court on November 17.

TUESDAY 4.20PM: Four men have appeared in court this afternoon charged with conspiracy to commit burglary after allegedly using a JCB to tear a cash machine from a Long Sutton shop.

We are committed to investigating this type of crime which can have a huge impact, not only financially for the businesses affected, but also for communities which often rely on ATMs in rural or isolated areas

Detective Superintendent Trevor Rodenhurst of ERSOU

Levi Mitchell (31) of Harlow, Essex, Dale Smith (28) of Worcester, Leo (20) and Levi Smith (49), both of Peterborough, have all been charged after an ATM ram raid at the Spar shop in London Road early yesterday morning.

The cash machine was recovered by police still intact at the shop where the men were arrested.

Meanwhile, an investigation into a series of similar offences in East Anglia is being co-ordinated by the Eastern Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

TUESDAY 2.10PM: Four men in court charged with Long Sutton ATM raid

Four men are due to appear in court later today charged with an ATM ram raid at a Long Sutton store.

The quartet have all been charged with conspiracy to burgle the Spar shop in London Road, during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Levi Mitchell (31), of Harlow, Essex, Leo Smith (20) of Spriggs Road, Peterborough, Levi Smith (49), of Coniston Road, Peterborough, and Dale Smith (28), of Worcester, were arrested after a JCB machine had been used to remove an ATM from the wall of the store.

The cash machine was recovered from the scene intact and the investigation is being headed by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) which has linked it to similar matters across six counties in eastern England, including Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

Detective Superintendent Trevor Rodenhurst of ERSOU said: “We are committed to investigating this type of crime which can have a huge impact, not only financially for the businesses affected, but also for communities which often rely on ATMs in rural or isolated areas.”

TUESDAY 11.25AM: Store ‘working with police’ after ATM raid in Long Sutton

Managers of a store in Long Sutton where a cash machine raid took place yesterday say they are “working with police” on the case.

Four people from outside Lincolnshire, aged 20, 28, 31 and 49, are in police custody after they were arrested at the Spar store in London Road where the raid took place during the early hours of Monday morning.

The store was previously targeted in April 2014 and a Spar spokesman said: “The safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance to us and we are currently working with the police to assist their investigations.”

MONDAY 11AM: Police have arrested four men after an attack on an ATM machine in Long Sutton.

The incident took place at the Spar shop in London Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

All four who were arrested are currently in custody.