Six Arrested Following Prescot ATM Theft

By on Wednesday, December 11, 2013


(Update 11/12/13: The six men have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to cause explosions.

The charged men are: Kurt Beddoes, 31 years, of Hanford Avenue, Orrell Park; Ian Ellis, 29 years, of Warrington Road, Rainhill; Craig Cartwright, 39 years of Vinecote Road, Coventry; Anthony Bushell, 29 years of no fixed abode; Gary Keating, 29 years of The Mews, Dannette Hey, Stockbridge Village, and Thomas Whittingham, 27 years of Broughton Hall Road, West Derby, will appear at Liverpool City Magistrates Court tomorrow, Thursday, 12 December.)

Six men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary yesterday (Tuesday 10 December).

The suspects, from Huyton, Norris Green and Coventry, were caught in police raids on five properties. A sixth house, in Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, was searched during the operation.

The six are believed to be responsible for dozens of burglaries and thefts across Merseyside and the Midlands, including one at the NatWest in Prescot.

The cash machine outside the Eccleston Street bank was blown up by explosives in the early hours of Thursday 12 September (pictured).

Other thefts around the region used a similar method.

“The arrests today are the culmination of a thorough and complex investigation into crimes involving thefts of and thefts from cash point machines in North West and Central England,” said Detective Superintendent Chris Green.

“Officers from the specialist Matrix team have been working with officers from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan), to identify those responsible and take positive action.

“We have used all the resources available to us, including technology and forensics, as part of our investigation and I would like to send a message out to those who commit these types of crime and think they can get away with it. Police forces will work together and will do everything in their power to identify those responsible. Offenders may believe that by committing crimes in different force areas that they can escape arrest, but forces do work together regardless of boundaries to bring people to justice.

He added: “Some of the techniques used by offenders in these crimes are extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one has been hurt.

“The people who commit this type of offence are motivated by greed and want to line their pockets, but if they think they can get away with this on Merseyside they can think again.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5687, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Photo: Christine Pye

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