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JAILED: Six 'career criminals' who carried out nearly 60 'shocking' and 'reckless' crimes across the Thames Valley

The OCG carried out a huge string of cash machine burglaries and will spend a total of 74 years in prison.

Six men, who spent a year committing ATM thefts and commercial burglaries across the Thames Valley, have today been jailed for their crimes.

The Organised Crime Group used gas explosions and ram raids in small rural communities in what the Detective Chief Inspector on the investigation has called 'recklessness' and 'shocking' behaviour.

The group also attacked rural locations and other businesses. In one night, they took nearly £400,000 worth of agricultural vehicles.

Another notable burglary committed by the OCG was at the National Horse Racing Museum where high-value trophies, some of which were of historical significance, were stolen.

Senior investigating officer Aidan Donohoe says the offenders were savvy about police tactics:

Alll six men were arrested and charged with multiple offences in April 2021.

Five of the defendants pleaded guilty in court - one stood trial.

Thames Valley Police's investigative work involved a series of nearly 60 serious and organised offences that took place across the region and was given the name, Operation Jack Knife. 

The offences took place in three specific phases between June 2019 and June 2020.

The charges:

  • Jimmy Sheen, aged 37, of Warren Crescent, Oxford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion, conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft, attempted theft, using criminal property and conspiracy to steal.
  • David Riley, aged 26, of Linkfield Lane, Redhill, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion, conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft and handling stolen goods.
  • Frenny Green, aged 33, of HMP Bullingdon, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause an explosion.
  • Shane Harris, aged 32, of Hughes Close, Charlbury, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.
  • Jimmy Loveridge, aged 30, formerly of Chertsey Road, Chobham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, attempted theft, using criminal property and conspiracy to steal.
  • Paul Smith, aged 30, of Hearmon Close, Yateley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted theft and using criminal property following a trial at Oxford Crown Court, which concluded on 25 March this year.

Jimmy Sheen was today jailed for 17 years and 4 months, David Riley has been jailed for 17 years and 3 months. 

Frenny Green has been handed 10 and a half years whilst Shane Harris was sentenced to three years and 4 months.

Jimmy Loveridge has been jailed for 14 years and 3 months, Paul Smith was handed 11 years and 4 months.

Some members of the OCG caused significant risk to life and damage to property by using gas attacks and explosions to steal cash from the machines.

When they found their gas attack tactic wasn't working, they changed their method to ram-raids and drag-out attacks, again causing significant damage to commercial premises.

The group also stole a number of vehicles to facilitate their crimes.

Detective Chief Inspector Aidan Donohoe said: "Jimmy Sheen and this OCG caused great pain to local communities with their outrageous, dangerous and audacious offending.

"This was an OCG that wreaked havoc across both the Thames Valley and surrounding forces.

"Our investigation and these subsequent convictions mean this OCG has been completely dismantled."

Aidan went on to explain how removing the gang from the community 'has unquestionably prevented further serious offences and there have been almost no further ATM attacks in the Thames Valley.'

He added:  "I am immensely proud of the work of the entire team, and I hope these convictions and sentences will reassure our communities that we will tirelessly work to disrupt and dismantle serious and organised criminal groups to take them off the streets so they cannot cause harm to anybody else."

On their way to one of their offences on 10 June 2020, some of the group were involved in a serious road traffic collision, which resulted in the death of Rocky Broadway.

Loveridge was subsequently jailed for ten years for causing the death of Mr Broadway by dangerous driving.

Meanwhile, £18,500 in cash was seized from a site at Manor Park, near Kidlington, when search warrants were executed.

The team also recovered £19,500 in cash and approximately £88,000 in other assets, such as high value jewellery and watches, from Sheen's home address.

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