A man who tried unsuccessfully to steal a cash machine from the wall of a shop in Canterbury has been jailed.
James Collins was jailed for five years and five months at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 7 September 2022 after admitting theft at an earlier hearing.
Officers were called to the shop in St Martin’s Hill shortly after 2.30am on Friday 12 November 2021.
A gang of criminals stole a digger from a nearby construction site and used it to damage the wall around the cash machine.
Collins, wearing a balaclava, was driving an Isuzu Trooper which was driven into an attending police car as it approached.
A second patrol vehicle made strategic contact with the Isuzu and Collins attempted to flee on foot before being tasered and arrested by officers.
The used digger was left on the road along with the cash machine, which involved two other vehicles, a Range Rover and a tipper truck, which left the scene in the direction of Littlebourne.
They were chased down a country lane, where a tipper truck repeatedly plowed into a police car and blocked the road, while the rest of the criminals made off in a Range Rover.
THis case shows the bravery of officers who are the first responders on the scene in challenging and unpredictable situations.
Collins, 30, of Lenham Heath, Maidstone, was charged the next day by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
The cash in the cash machine was recovered by the police, but the building was heavily damaged.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective CHaife Inspector Chris Greenstreet said: ‘This was an organized attempt to steal money and the group had no regard for any harm to the public or police officers in their path. I am pleased that the quick response of the officers overnight led to the arrest and now incarceration of this dangerous man. My team continues to work to identify others involved.