Man jailed for three years after attempting to steal a cash machine from a shop in Flitch Green

PUBLISHED: 10:09 10 September 2018

A man has been jailed for three years following an attempted burglary at a shop in Dunmow.

A man has been jailed for three years following an attempted burglary at a shop in Dunmow.


A man has been jailed for three years following a burglary at Co-op in Flitch Green.

Phillip Pardoe, 32, of The Hyde Langdon Hills, received three years for burglary and three years for theft, to run concurrently, at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, September 7.

He was previously found guilty of the burglary offence on Monday, July 16.

Luke Scott, 31, of Takely Ride, Basildon, admitted burglary at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 20, and was given two years in prison, suspended for two years. He must attend a thinking skills programme and complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.

Jamie Pearce, 30, of Cokefield Avenue, Southend, was found not guilty of burglary.

At around 2.05am on Sunday, April 2, 2017, Pardoe and Scott arrived outside Co-op in Flitch Green in stolen vehicles.

They smashed the store window, entered the building and put a chain around a cash machine and a Land Rover Discovery.

They then tried twice to pull the machine out of the building but they failed to move it.

They then abandoned the Land Rover nearby, before leaving the area in a BMW X6 that was found abandoned in Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford, after it was spotted by police.

Scott was found by a police dog hiding in some bushes where he claimed he was sleeping, however, he was wearing the same clothes seen on CCTV. We then linked Pardoe to DNA found in the vehicle.

Investigating officer DC Greg Najdan, of Braintree CID, said: “Scott and Pardoe drove a car through the window of a shop, forcing it to close while repairs took place and causing further financial loss to the victim.

“They targeted a local rural shop many miles away from their own homes in an attempt to fund their own lifestyles. Fortunately, they were not successful.

“The case is now complete and I hope today’s result offers some justice for the victim.”

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