Raider who ‘blew up’ Burwell ATM is jailed for 10 years
A man has been jailed for 10 years for the role he played in a string of ATM attacks across the country, including in Burwell in 2017.
Tom Connors, 41, of no fixed address, fled the country following the spate of attacks and the arrest of the others in November 2017 and January 2018. He was arrested at Belfast airport and sentenced at Leicester Crown Court.
Connors had been charged with eight counts of burglary and three counts of unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property. He pleaded guilty to the burglary offences at Leicester Magistrates’ Court in January this year, and entered guilty pleas for the explosion counts last month.
On all occasions, Connors and the other men involved used gas canisters to blow up the machines, allowing them to get to the cash inside.
One of the cash machines targeted by the gang was at the North Street Co-operative store in Burwell on November 22, 2017.
There Connors admitted burglary and unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.