Dramatic moment as ram raiders drag an ATM away from a mall before it’s revealed they’re being tracked down in the woods – if they’re jailed
- Footage shows them driving off with an ATM and a ride in a children’s toy car in Bedford
- A police helicopter followed thieves down into the woods, where they were caught
- Ram raiders Tony Smith, John Mitchell, Alan Smith and Samuel Mitchell imprisoned
Dramatic police video footage shows ram raiders dragging an ATM out of a mall before being tracked down by police in the woods as they are imprisoned.
Footage shows them driving off with the ATM in hot pursuit, as they take a ride in a children’s toy car in Bedford, Buckinghamshire.
A police helicopter later followed the thieves down and into the woods where they were caught.
Helicopter footage from the same day as the ATM break-in on February 21 last year shows four men crawling out of a vehicle after being chased by a police car.
Tony Smith (top left), 23, John Mitchell (top right), 20, Alan Smith (bottom left), 47, and Samuel Mitchell (bottom left), 19, all pleaded guilty to their part in the various offenses in January and February 2022 and were sentenced last week by Huntingdon Law Courts
In the footage, a man is being chased by the police on foot.
He gives up and sits down in the woods, lying face down when approached by the police.
Another is captured and handcuffed in a canal lock.
The men wreaked havoc, stealing cash and goods, causing a total of over £100,000 in damage across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
The mall footage was at the Howard Center in Bedford, Bedfordshire.
Tony Smith, 23, John Mitchell, 20, Alan Smith, 47, and Samuel Mitchell, 19, all pleaded guilty to their part in the various offenses in January and February 2022 and were sentenced by Huntingdon Law Courts last week.
Tony Smith of Willingham, Cambridgeshire, was sentenced to six years and four months for conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to steal in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and dangerous driving in connection with the theft in Bedford.
Footage shows them driving off with the ATM in their wake, pulling a toy car for children in Bedford, Buckinghamshire
John Mitchell of Harlow, Essex was sentenced to five years in a juvenile offenders’ facility for conspiracy to commit domestic burglary and conspiracy to steal in connection with the Bedford offense and others in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Alan Smith of Kempston Hardwick, Bedfordshire, was sentenced to five years and ten months for domestic burglary in connection with the Bedford crime.
Samuel Mitchell of Harlow, Essex, was sentenced to four years and six months in a juvenile offenders’ facility for conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to steal in connection with offenses in Cambridgeshire and Northampton.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien described the group as ‘prolific’ and unlikely to be stopped.
He said: ‘Ram raids are most likely to take place during the winter months when the nights are darker.
“We need the public’s help to report anything suspicious, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
“One phone call can make all the difference and possibly prevent a shop or gas station from being attacked.”