‘I’LL shoot you!’ Those were the terrifying words shouted at a G4S security guard during the £50,000 Nationwide robbery in Leigh Park.
Moments earlier one balaclava-wearing robber had smashed his way into the Park Parade branch with a sledgehammer while guards were restocking cash machines.
A disc cutter was used to cut away bars on a cashpoint and one robber, also wearing a balaclava, removed cash trays that had just been placed inside.
Yesterday the gang were convicted of the raids. Prosecutor James Newton-Price told the jury at Winchester Crown Court during the trial: ‘They shouted to the guards “get down, you give it to me”, one of them even threatened one of the guards, saying “I’ll shoot you”.’
The two robbers fled the scene with their haul a short time later in a waiting car at about 10.30pm on November 25 2011.
But less than three weeks later the gang struck again, this time stealing £105,000.
Again, the robbers pounced at night while G4S security guards were restocking the cash machines – this time at Nationwide in West Street, Fareham.
The door was smashed open by a man with a sledgehammer.
Mr Newton-Price told the jury: ‘The door was smashed open.
‘The man with the sledgehammer stood in that doorway.
‘He raised the sledgehammer above his head in a threatening posture.’
Again a disc cutter was used to cut bars from a cash machine and cash boxes were taken before the robbers fled in a car shortly after 11.30pm on December 13.