Seven charged over ATM cash robberies

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Seven men have been charged in relation to alleged ATM thefts across the South East, including two in Kent.

Walter Mitchell, 41, Shane Stanley, 36, Tommy Mitchell, 18, Levi Mitchell, 24, William Mitchell, 30, and Walter Mitchell, 20, all of Fern Hill Lane in Harlow, Essex, and Scott McManus, 43, of Chapelfields in Stanstead Abbotts, Essex, have been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of conspiracy to steal vehicles.

They were all remanded to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 March following an investigation by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

The alleged conspiracy encompasses a number of alleged ATM thefts or attempted thefts from across the region, including incidents at the McColl’s shop in West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks, on 23 April 2018 and the Co-op in Istead Rise, Gravesend, on 15 May 2018.

The charges follow the execution of a number of warrants in Essex on the morning of Tuesday 5 March and also relate to a number of other alleged ATM thefts in Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey.

A 17-year-old boy and two other boys both aged 15, all from Harlow in Essex, were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, theft of a motor vehicle and burglary, and have all been released pending further enquiries.