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JCB four jailed after being caught red-handed in attempted shop raid

The men used a JCB to attack a Spar store in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, but police were quickly on the scene
The men used a JCB to attack a Spar store in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, but police were quickly on the scene

Four men who were caught red-handed trying to ram raid a shop and steal a cash machine have been jailed.

The group used a JCB to batter down the front doors of a Spar in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, on October 19 this year.

But police, who were on high alert following similar raids across the region, were quickly on the scene to arrest the four.

Levi Smith, 49, of Coniston Road, Peterborough; Dale Smith, 28, of Malvern Meadows, Worcester; Leo Smith, 20, of Spriggs Road, Peterborough; and Levi Mitchell, 31, of Gibb Croft, Harlow, were all jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday after admitting conspiracy to burgle, Lincolnshire Police said.

Levi Smith, who also admitted driving while disqualified, was jailed for four years, Dale Smith received a jail term of three years and eight months, Mitchell was sentenced to three years, and Leo Smith two years.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ballard, of the force’s eastern region special operations unit, said: “This was a brazen attempt to remove an ATM cash machine from a building using a JCB, and the offenders thought nothing of smashing through the front of the shop, not knowing who was inside the premises.”

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