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A senior police officer who helped put three armed robbers behind bars for smashing their way into a Warwickshire bank with a digger has welcomed their 40-year sentence.
Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including a raid on HSBC in Atherstone.
Det Insp Rob Harris said they were "dangerous" men who had been "motivated by greed".
Three armed robbers caused major damage to a Warwickshire bank when they ploughed through the back wall using an earth-moving digger.
Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry have been jailed for a total of 40 years and six months for a string of robbery offences, including the raid on HSBC in Atherstone in June last year.
The digger had been stolen from a site in Leicestershire the day before the robbery, on June 11.
Four masked men - including the trio now behind bars - stormed into the bank through the hole in the wall. One of them was armed with a handgun.
They escaped in a blue BMW which had been reported stolen from Birmingham the day before.
This broke down a short distance away - so they car-jacked a silver Corsa, forcing a woman and her young child out of the vehicle and driving off in it.
The Corsa was found abandoned nearby shortly before 1.30pm.
Three men who used a digger to smash their way into a bank have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years behind bars.
Karl White, James Kennea and Leigh Barry stole an earth-moving digger from a site in Leicestershire and used it to break into the rear of the HSBC in Long Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Armed with what looked like a gun, four men - including the three men now in jail - stole around £6,000 from the building during the raid in June last year.
And when their stolen BMW escape car broke down, they hijacked a new one, forcing a mother and child to get out of their car.
White, aged 27, of Marie Close, Atherstone, and Kennea, 27, from The Radleys, Birmingham, were each sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to rob the bank, plus 10 years for conspiracy to rob G4S personnel and six years for possession of an imitation firearm, to run concurrently.
Barry, 28, of Ely Close, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years for aiding and abetting robbery, plus 18 months for robbing a William Hill bookies in Erdington in April of this year.