A thief and his accomplice who had tried to blow up an ATM in order to steal its cash were both caught by the Cops after the partner of one of the lags flagged down the Police in order to ask them for directions.
One of the buffoons has been jailed for 52 months following the unfortunate mis-hap.
Police Officers ended up arresting all of the passengers who were in a Vauxhall being driven by one of the suspects a short time following the attempted theft, after they smelt cannabis emanating from the car.
Also in the vehicle was Ellis Boyd, 26, whose DNA matched evidence which had been picked up following the attempted theft.
Boyd was part of a gang of five criminals who, having donned balaclavas, attempted to steal the re-enforced cashpoint located at a Spar Store in Aberdeen in March of this year.
Boyd’s comrade, Ian Jones, 33, was also jailed for 56 months after acting as a look-out of the gang.
The High Court in Glasgow also heard how Jones has notched up 47 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS and noted that the men both posed a high risk of committing more crime and re-offending.
We have often said here at Emergency Services News / Emergency Services Humour, that if you kept the same individuals who are responsible for around 80% of criminal behaviour banged up, then this country would be a far better (and safer) place.
The BBC reported how the presiding judge, Lady Scott, told the gang: “You fed a gas pipe through the ATM and caused an explosion.
“This has become more prevalent in Aberdeen, especially involving criminals coming from Liverpool.
“This was a well-planned enterprise.
“I accept that there was no intention to cause injury to anyone.
“You both have well-established criminal life styles.”
The BBC reported that on 6th March this year, the career criminals, who had travelled up from Liverpool in a stolen Audi Q5, fed tubing attached to a gas cylinder into the machine before igniting it.
The potential for causing a mass casualty incident cannot be underestimated and it is only by sheer luck that these numpties didn’t end up seriously injuring someone (no-one cares what they do to themselves)
During their brazen crime, they failed to achieve their main aim of blowing open the doors on the ATM.
The incompetent duo then rammed the large glass door of the Spar mini-market, on Clifton Road, with a lottery sign before they kicked their way inside.
When response team police officers arrived at the incident, they found that the front of the shop and ATM were both badly damaged by the explosion but the suspects had left.
The stolen Audi had been dumped nearby and was found by officers as they conducted an area search.
The Audi was also on false plates.
Enquiries showed CCTV footage of the buffoons leaving Aberdeen by train, having left the stolen car, in order to head back down south.
Scenes of crime officers conducted a meticulous search of the crime scene in order to try and gather any evidence which might help to identify the suspects.
During this examination of the crime scene, the specialist officers managed to find traces of DNA on the evidence.
Several weeks later Boyd was back in his home town of Aberdeen in a Vauxhall Astra when his girlfriend, who was driving the car, tried to grab the attention of police officers who were on foot patrol nearby.
Straight away, the cops could smell the pungent aroma of cannabis coming from the car which led to their subsequent arrest.
DNA found by scenes of crime officers on the copper piping at the end of a hose that was fed into the ATM linked Boyd to the raid. Jones’ DNA was also found on the stolen Audi Q5.
In June of this year, both individuals admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious damage.
They also admitted trying to force open the machine with intent to steal it.
Defence counsel Iain Smith, representing Jones, said: “He has expressed remorse for this.
“He came to Scotland with his co-accused and thought they were going to steal a car.”
Defence counsel Craig Findlater, representing Boyd, told the court: “This was an incident which was unsuccessful. No money was taken.”
The court was told the damage to the ATM amounted to £455.
The case shows just how effective the work of scenes of crime officers can be following these types of serious crimes.
Police Officers up-and-down the country are sick of having to keep arresting the same individuals over and over again.
People who, like these two numpties, show zero sign of ever giving anything or contributing to society in any way.
It goes without saying, that these two will be ‘awarded’ for their buffoonery with a ‘C__kwomble’ Award in the next issue of our subscriber only eMagazine, S__ts & Giggles.
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