Moment ram raiders drag away cash machine before being tracked down

Moment ram raiders drag away cash machine before being tracked down

January 23, 2023

Dramatic moment ram raiders drag away a cash machine from a shopping centre before being tracked down in woodland is revealed – as they are jailed

  • Footage shows them driving off with ATM and children’s toy car ride in Bedford
  • Police helicopter trailed thieves down into woodlands where they were caught
  • Ram raiders Tony Smith, John Mitchell, Alan Smith and Samuel Mitchell jailed

Dramatic video footage reveals the moment ram raiders dragged away a cash machine from a shopping centre before being tracked down in woodland by police.

Footage shows the group driving off with the ATM dragging behind them, pulling a children’s toy car ride along with it at Bedford, Buckinghamshire on February 21 last year.

Footage from the police helicopter which later trailed the thieves down in a wooded area shows four men scrambling out of a vehicle after a police car chase.

Tony Smith (top left), 23, John Mitchell (top right), 20, Alan Smith (bottom left), 47, and Samuel Mitchell (bottom left), 19, all pleaded guilty to their parts in the various offences in January and February 2022 and were sentenced at Huntingdon Law Courts last week

In the footage, one man is chased down by police on foot.

He gives up and sits down in woodland, lying face down as he’s approached by police.

Another is captured and handcuffed near a canal lock.

The men wreaked havoc stealing cash and goods and causing damage to a total of over £100,000 across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

The shopping centre footage was inside the Howard Centre in Bedford, Bedfordshire. 

Tony Smith, 23, John Mitchell, 20, Alan Smith, 47, and Samuel Mitchell, 19, all pleaded guilty to their parts in the various offences in January and February 2022 and were sentenced at Huntingdon Law Courts last week.

Tony Smith from Willingham, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced to six years and four months for conspiracy to commit non-dwelling burglary, conspiracy to steal across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and dangerous driving in relation to the theft in Bedford. 

Footage shows them driving off with the ATM dragging behind them, pulling a children’s toy car ride along with it at Bedford, Buckinghamshire

John Mitchell from Harlow, Essex, was sentenced to five years at a young offenders institution for conspiracy to commit non-dwelling burglary and conspiracy to steal in relation to the Bedford offence and others across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. 

Alan Smith from Kempston Hardwick, Bedfordshire, was sentenced to five years and ten months for non-dwelling burglary in relation to the Bedford offence. 

Samuel Mitchell from Harlow, Essex, was sentenced to four years and six months at a young offenders institution for conspiracy to commit non-dwelling burglary and conspiracy to steal in relation to offences in Cambridgeshire and Northampton.     

Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien from Cambridgeshire Constabulary described the group as ‘prolific’ and unlikely to stop.

He said: ‘Ramraids are most likely to take place during the winter months when the nights are darker.

‘We need the public’s help to report anything suspicious, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

‘One call could make all the difference and potentially stop a store or petrol station being targeted.’

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