Fifth times the charm? Two men fail to pull a cash machine out of a wall

Two men have been sentenced to prison for their part in a failed attempt to steal a cash machine in Abingdon.

Goga Kakitadze, aged 35, and David Begalov, aged 32, both of no fixed abode, were sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (20/9) after they were convicted of attempted theft, going equipped to steal and theft of tools.

In the early hours of Wednesday 3 April, Kakitadze and Begalov went to the BP service station in Vineyard, Abingdon, and attempted to steal the cash machine.

They repeatedly attempted to drag the machine from the wall using a car and ropes, but failed to do so on several occasions.

The cash machine was damaged during the theft attempt, but no cash was taken.

During the incident, Kakitadze and Begalov stole tools from M&J Tool hire and returned for another attempt, but were spotted by officers from Thames Valley Police and arrested when the vehicle they were in was stopped in Culham.

They were both charged on 4 April.

Kakitadze pleaded guilty to the offences at Oxford Crown Court, while Begalov was found guilty by a majority verdict on 10 September.

The pair returned to court to be sentenced, where Begalov was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and Kakitadze 18 months’ imprisonment due to his guilty plea.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Chris Gibson of Abingdon CID, said: “These men made multiple attempts to steal a cash machine and their failed attempts were captured on CCTV."

I am pleased with these convictions which take two criminals off the streets of Oxfordshire and will hopefully provide them with an opportunity to consider other paths in life other than theft.

Detective Constable Chris Gibson of Abingdon CID