A man has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for ploughing a JCB into a Co-op store in Masham and snatching its cash machine.
David William Young, 32, used a stolen JCB to smash the Park Street shop’s cash machine out of the wall, before taking it away on a stolen Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck.
Young, from Percy Street in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court on Friday, January 11 2013 after previously pleading guilty to the theft of the cash machine and stealing the JCB and truck.
The cash machine was torn from the wall with the JCB just before 3am and transported on the back of the pick-up truck on Monday, January 23 2012.
Both vehicles were stolen locally on the morning of the raid.
Young left Masham along Leyburn Road and an attempt was made to gain access to the cash machine using grinding tools a short distance outside the town.
The attempt failed and its contents were recovered by North Yorkshire Police, along with the JCB and the Mitsubishi.
Following police enquiries, Young and a 27-year-old man were arrested in connection with the burglary. The second man was subsequently released without charge.
Detective Constable Andy Rawlings of Harrogate CID, who led the investigation, said: “This was clearly a pre-planned crime with the sole intention of targeting the cash machine at the Co-op store in Masham.
“Whilst it may have appeared crude, the fact that both the JCB and the pick-up truck were stolen locally just prior to the incident demonstrates a high level of organised criminality.
“What David Young didn’t count on was the tenacity of North Yorkshire Police and the local community to investigate and secure justice for the victims.
“The four-and-a-half year prison sentence handed to Young is very satisfying and sends out a very stark warning to other travelling criminals who foolishly believe that North Yorkshire and the City of York is an easy target.”