Thieves used a 4×4 to crash into Red Bull’s Formula 1 factory in Milton Keynes and stole dozens of trophies; Dramatic CCTV recording released by police shows the gang reversing through the front doors of the Red Bull HQ in Milton Keynes, before smashing their way into the trophy cabinets.
Four gang members — Luke Cole, Paul Smith, Danny Stevens and Jason Eastwood will serve a collective a total of 18 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery on the Red Bull Racing factory.
They are believed to have stolen a total of £934,000 – including thefts from cash machines in Surrey – as well as causing £317,000 worth of damage during the December raid.
The Telegraph.co.uk reported that, Detective Constable Matt Earl, who led the investigation, said: “These men put others and themselves at risk in their chaotic and quite frankly dangerous attempts to access cash machines.
“They are incredibly fortunate not to have seriously injured members of the public who lived near to some of the cash machines, or next to a petrol station where they attempted to blow up one of the ATMs.
“They have showed absolutely no remorse and have now deservedly been brought to justice for causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to family-run businesses through their reckless actions. They have ultimately paid the price because of their greed.”
Danny Stevens, 38, of Hayden Place, Yateley, Hampshire, was jailed for seven years while Paul Smith, 24, of Shurlock Road, Sherlock Row, Berkshire, was sentenced to six years for his involvement in nine of the breaking, entering and robbery.
Jason Eastwood, 41, of Willow Crescent, Farnborough, Hampshire, received three years and four months after admitting being a conspirator and being involved in the last four offences.
Luke Cole, 24, of Stockbridge Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was imprisoned for two years for his part in the Co-op burglary in Shinfield.