Two thieves who couldn’t resist taking selfies and posting themselves to social media while stealing have been sentenced.
30-year-old Benjamin Robinson and 24-year-old Daniel Hutchinson have been sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after a string of fruit machine robberies.
Fortunately, the duo made it easy for police after their car was pulled for speeding by North Yorkshire police in 2014. Police found £3,000 in cash, balaclavas and a screwdriver – but the best evidence? Selfies on their phones and even some on Facebook linking them to their crimes.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Walker, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We knew we hit the jackpot when we investigated these lemons. These offenders carried out a string of crimes with no thought for the businesses they were targeting – but ultimately their greed, arrogance and affinity for selfies proved to be their downfall.”
After his previous court hearing, Benjamin Robinson commented: “I don’t care that I’m guilty. I’m not bothered mate. I love it mate.”
Robinson was sentenced to 32 months in prison while Hutchinson scored six months, suspended for two years and 120 hours of unpaid work.