Three men jailed after thousands of pounds stolen in supermarket smash-and-grab
PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15 21 February 2014
Three men have been jailed after laundering £17,000 they had stolen in a violent supermarket robbery in Gravesend.
Samuel Wells, 24, of Granville Road, Sidcup, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for his part in the robbery in November 2012.
Daniel Burgess, 31, of Fisherman’s Hill, Northfleet, and Nicholas Robertson, 29, of Abbey Wood Road, Abbey Wood, were jailed for four months and 20 months respectively.
All three admitted laundering stolen money from a supermarket in Imperial Retail Park, Thames Way, Gravesend.
Wells also admitted carrying out the robbery, cultivating cannabis, possession of anabolic steroids and the theft of a £11,000 Rolex watch from a pawn brokers in Bexleyheath.
Around midday on November 6, two men wearing balaclavas continually punched and kicked a security guard, a retired Ghurka, who was delivery a cash box to the store.
The men escaped in a stolen Mini Cooper, thanks to third man, who was a getaway driver.
The car, fitted with false number plates and blacked out windows, was abandoned nearby.
In the weeks following the robbery a number of people were captured on CCTV using fixed odds betting terminals at bookmakers around London.
Bookmakers reported that the contaminated cash had been used in the machines in Eltham, Swanscombe, Sidcup, Gravesend, Dartford and Erith.
Men were staking hundreds of pounds at a time in the machines, before changing up credit notes with the cashiers obtaining clean money in the process.
CCTV footage led police to the three men and arrested them one-by-one.
Searches of their homes led to the recovery of more contaminated money. After raiding the home of Wells in Sidcup officers uncovered 13 cannabis plants being cultivated, anabolic steroids and £60 in dyed money from the robbery.