TWO men have been jailed for plotting to rob a cash-in-transit van in Wirral – just a fortnight after one of them had targeted an Ormskirk garage.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the gang aborted their plan at the last minute, but were snared anyway after eagle-eyed passers-by became suspicious.
They noticed the men were wearing heavy clothing outside the NatWest bank, in Eastham, on a “glorious July day” and alerted the police.
Lewis Audley, 25, was jailed for 2½ years, while Kayne Jones, 20, received a total of 38 months.
Jones, of Mandeville Street, Walton, was sentenced to 32 months for the robbery conspiracy and an extra six months for the garage burglary in Ormskirk two weeks earlier.
Teresa Loftus, prosecuting, said: “At around 12pm, witnesses in Eastham noticed two men acting suspiciously. It was a warm summer’s day and they were wearing heavy, dark clothing and sitting in the Ford Fiesta in jackets and gloves.
“They attracted attention because they were putting hoods on.”
A short time later, witnesses saw them parked on Eastham Rake, close to NatWest bank.
Audley, of Woodhurst Crescent, Dovecot, was the passenger and Jones the driver.
Stephen McNally, defending Jones, who has previous convictions, said he had been pressurised by others more criminally sophisticated to become involved.
Michael Scholes, defending, said Audley, who has a very young child, had been recalled to prison to finish a seven-year sentence imposed in 2006.