A man who attacked a security guard with a baseball bat and stole £25,000 has been jailed for nine years. 32-year-old Jamie Threadgold, was arrested by police when he and Ben Ukaegbu, also 32, attempted to launder SmartWater stained banknotes in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Threadgold carried out the violent cash-in-transit robbery outside Barclays Bank in Weedon Road, Northampton. He attacked a security guard and stole a cashbox containing the money.
Upon forcing open the stolen cashbox, Threadgold and Ukaegbu activated a security system which doused the banknotes in a purple dye containing a SmartWater forensic signature unique to that particular cashbox. The two men were identified when they tried to launder the money in Kettering, two days after the robbery.
Threadgold was sentenced to nine years in prison for robbery and two years for possessing a weapon, to be served concurrently. He had previously pleaded guilty to concealing or converting criminal property and to possessing criminal property. He received two years and nine months for each offences, also to be served concurrently.
Ukaegbu, of Windyridge, Northampton, pleaded guilty to concealing or converting criminal property and possessing criminal property. He was sentenced to two years and nine months for each offence, to be served concurrently.
Detective Inspector Louise Fleckney, from the Criminal Investigation Department of Northamptonshire Police, said: “The sentences that these offenders have received reflect the seriousness of their crimes. The public should be reassured that their ability to cause harm has been brought to an end by their prison sentences.”