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A gang responsible for an attack on a cash-in-transit courier outside a branch of Barclays Bank in South London have been jailed after forensic evidence provided by SmartWater was used to link them with a stolen cash box. The gang, which included three minors, were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The attack occurred outside the Plumstead High Street branch of Barclays, when three men challenged a G4S courier, forcing him to relinquish a cash box. The men, who all wore surgical gloves, fled the scene on foot but were later spotted driving around the area in a Grey Mini Cooper. They were then reported to the police by a member of the public after they were seen acting suspiciously in a cul-de-sac approximately 5 miles from where the robbery took place.
Police attended the scene, making five arrests, including Desmond Amoako, who was later identified as the driver of the mini. The stolen cash box, which had been forcibly opened, was recovered from a nearby garage. Purple ink from the cash box was found on a pair of gloves recovered from the scene. The gloves and other items were sent to SmartWater’s forensic laboratories were the ink was positively identified as coming from the cash box stolen from outside Plumstead High Street Barclays Bank.
Desmond Amoako and his accomplice Marcus Bailey were both found guilty after trial and sentenced to five and three years in prison respectively. Fellow defendant Christopher Thomas received four years after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
Melissa Knight received 60 hours unpaid work and will attend 10 sessions of the "Engage and Change" programme. Two minors, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received 42 months imprisonment in a young offender institution and 52 weeks imprisonment suspended for 24 months respectively. A third minor will be sentenced at a later date.