Two south London men have been jailed for the robbery of a cash-in-transit guard in Croydon.
Mark Buchanan, 21 of Wychwood Way, and Nathan Clarke-Greyson, 24 of Longheath Gardens, stole £12,000 from a member of Sunwin cash delivery staff outside the Co-op in Lower Addiscombe Road in July last year.
The thieves grabbed and punched the guard, who had just collected cash from the supermarket. They then stole the cash box and escaped in a waiting car.
They were arrested later that day, after police spotted the car with the men and stolen cash box inside.
Buchanan was jailed for 2 years 6 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rob, and 8 months for dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for 2 years and ordered to take an enhanced driving test.
Clarke-Greyson was jailed for 3 years for his part in the robbery, but was also sentenced in connection to an attempted robbery in East Ham on June 26 2012.
Four men wearing masks were seen on CCTV watching as guards refilled an ATM at Santander Bank in High Street North.
The men ran off after being spotted by guards but Myles Harris 23, from Swanscombe, Kent and Adrian Markland 21, from Brixton were caught and arrested.
The other two men were later identified as Clarke-Greyson and Nathan Rose-Bennett, 23 from Thornton Heath, through DNA analysis of clothing found at the scene by police dogs.
Clarke-Greyson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and was sentenced to 2 years in prison for the attempted robbery, to run consecutively with his other sentence.
Markland was jailed for 2 years 3 months, Rose-Bennett for 21 months and Harris for 12 months, for their roles in the attempted robbery.
Detective Constable Nick Larkey of the Flying Squad, said: “I am pleased with the sentences that have been handed down today. The sentences passed should act as a deterrent for those individuals considering in engaging in this type of crime.”
By Hannah Ashton