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An unemployed man who stole £25,000 from a security guard claimed that he needed the money because he could not afford a birthday card for his wife.
Richard Blake, 36, was jailed for 26 months after forensic evidence provided by SmartWater forensically linked him to the scene of a cash-in-transit robbery outside a branch of Lloyds TSB in Sydenham, south London.
Blake, who had been out of work for a month, grabbed a cashbox from an unsuspecting guard and fled the scene on foot. He subsequently called his friend Clement Benjamin, 41, who picked him up and drove him back to Benjamin’s house in Croydon. Benjamin then used an angle grinder to force open the cash box in his back garden. In doing so he covered himself and the cash in purple dye containing the unique taggant.
Both men were arrested after neighbours witnessed suspicious activity in and around Benjamin's home and called the police. Evidence recovered by Police included a stained jacket which was also found to contain traces of Blake’s DNA as well as samples found on the boot trim of Benjamin’s car. These samples were subsequently sent for analysis, which linked both men to the robbery. Blake pleaded guilty to robbery on what was due to be the first day of a trial at the Old Bailey. His reasoning behind the crime was that he said he wanted to 'make a quick buck' when he realised he only had 63p in cash and needed the money to celebrate the birthday of his wife.
Benjamin, who told officers in interview that greed had got the better of him, admitted assisting an offender and was jailed for six months.