A GANG from Coventry and Birmingham which ripped out cash machines from shops, cafes, railway stations and even hospitals must pay back £200,000 or face more time behind bars.
Police have pursued the gang under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCS) to ensure victims are compensated and the thieves cannot benefit from their crimes.
They stole more than £250,000 from venues between March 2018 and January 2019.
Shane StojsavljevicThey would tie straps around free-standing machines and use vehicles to pull them out.
Police used CCTV, forensics and phone analysis to catch the culprits and they were jailed in October 2019 after admitting conspiracy to commit burglaries.
Ring leader Craig Matthews, aged 44 of Edgbaston, must pay almost £160,000; otherwise his eight year and seven month sentence will be increased by a year and nine months.
Charlie Ward, 29, of Tile Hill, Coventry, must pay £21,000 or his five year sentence is increased by a year.
Shane Stajsavlijevic, 38, of Henley Green, Coventry, must pay just over £17,500 or his seven years and two months prison terms increases by 10 months.
Kenneth Bourne, 41, of Fillongley, must pay £8,300 or his six year sentence increases by six months.
West Midlands Police has specialist staff within its RECU who work on detailed and complex investigation to prove cash or property are linked to criminal activity.
A spokesperson said: “We continually seek to ensure crime doesn’t pay.”
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