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Woman jailed for her role in robbery

Keely Beer, who was also sentenced for her part in the robbery Credit: Kent Police

A 41-year-old woman has been jailed for four years after admitting her part in an armed robbery.

At about the same time as a man stole £25,000 from a security van, another witness later reported that he saw a blue Range Rover parked in his road and a person acting suspiciously around it.

The witness had the foresight to take a photo of the person and the vehicle and reported it to police.

Officers were able to use that information to trace the vehicle on Automatic Number Recognition Cameras and found that one was owned by Keely Beer.

Later that afternoon, officers went to the home of Beer and her partner John Todd in Firethorn Close, Gillingham, and arrested them.

A search of the address found two carrier bags containing blue dyed £10 notes and blue stained clothes that Todd was wearing when he carried out the robbery.

Victim believed robber had a gun

Maidstone Crown Court has heard details of an armed robbery where £25,000 in cash was stolen from a security van. At just after 9.15am on 26th July a Loomis security van had arrived at a supermarket on Maidstone Road in Chatham.

One of the security van staff members deactivated the alarm system while his colleague got out of the van and collected a pre-prepared box which contained £25,000.

The victim saw a man wearing a scarf walk towards him. He was carrying something which the victim believed to be a small hand gun.

The offender pointed the pistol at the victim and shouted: "Give me the box, drop the box." He did as he was told and the man bent down and picked it up before walking away. The victim then pressed his personal attack alarm and a security liquid dye was activated.


Man receives six years for robbery

John Todd, who pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm Credit: Kent Police

A couple who stole £25,000 in an armed robbery of a security van in a Chatham supermarket car park have been jailed.

John Todd, 45, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to six years and eight months in prison.

His partner, Keely Beer, 41, admitted a charge of robbery and was jailed for four years.