‘Dangerous’ criminal jailed after blowing up cash machine in Lincolnshire town
A burglar who blew up an ATM at a coop in Grantham has been behind bars for 11 years after attacking nine ATMs in six counties.
HMP Hull’s George Tunney, 24, searched the ATM at the Dysart Road store and the Post Office in Mansfield on January 7, 2020
He left empty-handed but caused several thousand pounds in damage to the business owners.
Tunney first reached three ATMs on January 6 at the Cantley Post Office near Doncaster, Barclays Bank in Lakeside, Doncaster and Barclays Bank in Hessle.
Then, after his attempts at Grantham and Mansfield, he stole more than £ 57,000 from the Spaceways Service Station ATM in Nether Poppleton on January 10, again causing thousands of pounds in damage.
In a second spate of theft attempts in March 2020, Tunney targeted the post office in Shepshed, Leicestershire, the jet garage in Adwick, near Doncaster, and an ATM at the Coop in Starbeck, near Harrogate.
In one of these raids, he got away with £ 35,000.
However, in the early hours of March 10, he ran out of luck when North Yorkshire police discovered one of the stolen vehicles near York.
The vehicle sped away as officers chased it before it was driven in the wrong direction around a roundabout and on the wrong side of the A64 dual carriageway.
It then hit the parking barriers at the McArthur Glen York Designer Outlet.
Police searched the area with no luck until the police helicopter discovered a source of heat near the River Ouse and suspects were found hidden in a tree trunk.
Tunney was arrested and charged with conspiracy to cause explosions, conspiracy against citizens, theft and handling of stolen goods after crimes committed in January and March 2020, all of which were caught on video surveillance showing him the use of stolen vehicles.
He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 11 years in prison at York Crown Court and barred from driving for eight years.
Fran Naughton, Superintendent of Detective for the North Yorkshire Police Department, said: “The verdict against Tunney is clear evidence that this type of crime will not be tolerated.
“Tunney and his staff have not only put many lives at risk through the dangerous use of explosives, some of which have been used in fuel yards, but have also caused well over £ 60,000 in damage to a number of companies.
“These companies provide vital local services to their communities, and many have been out of service for long periods of time during repairs.”
In November 2020, a Norfolk man and a Doncaster teenager were charged with conspiracy over explosions, conspiracy over burglary and heavy vehicles that took their alleged part in the March attacks on Tunney.