Man Jailed For Witham Armed Robbery

7 July 2017, 15:25 | Updated: 7 July 2017, 15:26

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A man who stole £235,000 in cash during an armed robbery in Witham has been jailed for 15 years.

Two security guards had stopped at the Asda store in Highfields, Witham at around 8.30am on December 14, 2016 to refill an ATM when they were robbed by two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a double-barrelled shotgun.

During the incident one of the guards was forced onto his knees whilst the other was ordered to remove money from their security van. The men then made off in a BMW 4x4 driven by a 3rd man.

At around 9.45am police were called to a BMW X6 found abandoned in Speedwell Close, Witham.

The vehicle, baring false number plates, was forensically recovered and identified as having been stolen during a burglary in Tiptree earlier in the year. The car had been covered in petrol and a lighter was found at the scene leading officers to believe attempts had been made to set it alight.

In the boot of the car, officers found a black bin bag containing other number plates.

DNA and fingerprints found inside this vehicle were linked to Joe Turner.

Turner, 29, of Vincent Road, Dagenham was arrested on April 4, 2017 and later charged.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, June 1, Turner pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

At the same court today he was jailed for a total of 15 years.

Senior Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Ed Mayo, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims of this offence.

“The incident took place in broad daylight just before Christmas and many members of the public who witnessed this would have also been affected.

“This was a well-planned and sophisticated robbery and those responsible paid no regard to the impact on others”

“The sentence imposed today realest the severity of offending and that the use of firearms in this county will not be tolerated”