Thieves who blew up ATMs in Essex and London in jail

Men jailed for blowing up ATMs

Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole or tried to steal from eight ATMs across Essex and London (Photo: Essex Police / SWNS)

Two men have been jailed after blowing up ATMs and stealing nearly £ 50,000 in cash.

Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock targeted eight machines across Essex and London between 2019 and 2020.

Police said they used explosives to gain access and in one case even threw a petrol bomb at an ATM.

The couple admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and handling of stolen goods and were jailed for up to 15 years each.

Basildon Crown Court heard they caused around £ 15,000 in damage during the crime series.

Whitlock, 37, of Walton-on-the-Naze, also admitted to failing to comply with an order to prevent serious crime.

Crowley, 36, without a fixed address, also admitted possession of a Class A substance.

Explosion at an experiment in Stock Road, West Hanningfield.  See SWNS history SWCAsh.  Two men have been jailed for explosive ATM theft attempts.  The London and Essex couple, who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly $ 50,000 from ATMs, have been jailed.  Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or attempted to steal from, eight ATMs across Essex and London between November 27, 2019 and January 14, 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel and in one case threw a gas bomb.

Police said the couple used gas, fuel and in one case dropped a petrol bomb (Photo: Essex Police / SWNS)

Anthony Crowley caught on CCTV during an incident in Market Road, Wickford.  See SWNS history SWCAsh.  Two men have been jailed for explosive ATM theft attempts.  The London and Essex couple, who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly $ 50,000 from ATMs, have been jailed.  Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or attempted to steal from, eight ATMs across Essex and London between November 27, 2019 and January 14, 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel and in one case threw a gas bomb.

They had stolen or tried to steal from ATMs across Essex and London (Photo: Essex Police / SWNS)

A damaged ATM after an incident in Ongar Road, Brentwood.  See SWNS history SWCAsh.  Two men have been jailed for explosive ATM theft attempts.  The London and Essex couple, who used a petrol bomb and other explosives to steal nearly $ 50,000 from ATMs, have been jailed.  Anthony Crowley and James Whitlock stole, or attempted to steal from, eight ATMs across Essex and London between November 27, 2019 and January 14, 2020. Police said they used gas, fuel and in one case threw a gas bomb.

The couple ‘went to extreme lengths to steal money from ATMs’ (Image: Essex Police / SWNS)

Whitlock was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Crowley was jailed for 14 and a half years.

They had stolen or attempted to steal from ATMs in Brentwood, Wickford, Clacton and West Hanningfield in Essex and Plaistow, Woodford Green, Cold Harbor and Brixton in London.

Detective Inspector Lee Morton of the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate said the couple ‘went to extreme lengths to steal money from ATMs’.

He continued: ‘The methods they used posed a serious risk to the welfare of people living and working near the ATMs they were aiming for, and it was fortunate that no one was harmed.

‘Their actions, driven by greed and their own financial gain, were ruthless, even throwing a petrol bomb at an ATM they had not been able to get into.’

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