Two men jailed for cash machine smash and grab in York

The scene after the theft at the petrol station in Dunnington. Photograph: NYP York North on Twitter
12 Oct 2017 @ 7.07 pm
| Crime, News

Two men have been jailed for a total of nine years for stealing a cash machine from York.

Robert Harker and Asa Dominic Smith stole the ATM from Penny Petrol Station on Hull Road in Dunnington.

Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal at York Crown Court today (Thursday, October 12).

Harker was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment and Smith was sentenced to four years and two months.

Forensic investigation

Robert Harker

The theft happened at about 2am on Monday, June 29, 2015, when a Merlo Telehandler vehicle was stolen and smashed into the wall of the petrol station.

Making use of CCTV footage, forensic evidence and digital media information officers and were able to identify the individuals involved.

Further enquiries led to the arrest of the two men. Robert Harker, 35, is from Hundens Lane, Darlington and Asa Dominic Smith, 23, is from Land Ends Road, Doncaster.

Detective Constable Theresa Wright, of North Yorkshire Police’s Serious Crime Team said:

“This event had a significant impact on the residents and local businesses of Dunnington.

“This was at face value an organised criminal act and we have worked alongside external agencies and partner Police Forces to ensure a positive outcome for this case, which we are very pleased about.”

Sheer luck

Asa Dominic Smith

Temporary Detective Sergeant Kevin Goodman, of North Yorkshire Police’s Investigation Hub, said things could have been a lot worse.

These men were driven by greed and it was by sheer luck that no one was injured by their reckless actions.

This was a multi-faceted investigation which came together with the valued assistance from the local community, whose support and invaluable information ultimately helped to bring the offenders to justice.

We’re thrilled with the substantial sentences handed down today which reflect the very serious nature of this crime.

Both officers received a Judge’s Commendation for their dedication to the investigation.