Three men have been jailed after going to great lengths to try and steal a cash box - without realising it was empty all along.
Chanel Riscosa, 30, 29 year old Nuaka Dimena and Basana Kimbembi were jailed for a total of eleven years.
Dimena and Kimbembi grabbed the cash box from a security guard outside Barclays Bank on Beehive Lane, Gants Hill. After running round the corner to Ricosa who was waiting in a car nearby, they tried to make a getaway.
However, they were quickly spotted by police and chased before crashing into two other cars. Dimena and Kimbembi were arrested at the scene while Riscosa was arrested nearby after jumping over a wall when police found him hiding in a school shed.
Police found the cash box hidden in a laundry bag in the back of the car next to a blow torch and screwdriver - which might not have helped that much after all.
Police are searching for a man who tried to steal cash from two women - but he hadn't bargained on them fighting back.
The dramatic incident occurred as the women were withdrawing cash from an ATM in Worcester Park. The man leaned over and tried to grab the money, but one of the girls fought him off. He then spat at one of the women - who reacted by pulling him off his bike.
But even that wasn't enough to put him off - as the girls walked up the street to join their mother, he rode up to them and shouted "If I was going to rob them I would have taken the money - your kids need to learn some manners!"
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 8inches tall. He was wearing a distinctive blue and white, knitted Alpine hat with strings hanging down from its earpieces and a black jacket. He was riding a red and black bicycle.
Police want anyone who might know the identity of the man to contact Sutton Police station on 101 quoting ref no: 4005406/13, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Two men involved in the Selfridges £1.5 million smash and grab raid have been jailed today. Sam Curtin and Connor Groake admitted conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking at the department store in Oxford Street, London, on June 6.
Curtin was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment and Groake was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.
Two men have appeared in court to admit their involvement in a million-pound armed raid at Selfridges.
Sam Curtin and Connor Groake admitted conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking at the department store in Oxford Street on June 6th.
Curtin, 24, appeared at Kingston Crown Court on crutches having broken his leg in a crash on one of the getaway vehicles, a Vespa moped. His co-accused, Groake, 19, was driving the moped, the court heard.
The duo, from Islington, will appear at the same court next Monday to be sentenced for their part in the smash-and-grab attack, in which a six-strong gang dressed in burqas made off with £1 million of luxury watches.
A second man has been charged in connection with a 'smash and grab' raid on London's Selfridges store. A gang dressed in burkhas and carrying axes made off with £1 million worth of luxury watches last Thursday.
Twenty four year old Sam Curtin will appear before magistrates tomorrow, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.
Armed raiders who targeted London's Selfridges store while dressed in burkas fled with £1million worth of luxury watches, police said today. The six-strong gang used the religious dress to disguise themselves and the tools they were carrying during the raid at 8.30pm on Thursday.