Ram raid robber jailed after he was traced through DNA on his balaclava

PUBLISHED: 12:02 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:03 28 February 2019

Maurice Rogers, 28, used a stolen JCB Teleporter to tear a cash machine from the wall of a Co-Op store, during the early hours of September 27 last year. Picture: CAMBS POLICE

Maurice Rogers, 28, used a stolen JCB Teleporter to tear a cash machine from the wall of a Co-Op store, during the early hours of September 27 last year. Picture: CAMBS POLICE

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A robber who sped off through Wentworth after a ram raid was traced through DNA on his homemade balaclava.

Maurice Rogers, 28, used a stolen JCB Teleporter to tear a cash machine from the wall of a Co-Op store in St Ives, during the early hours of September 27 last year.

The cash machine, containing more than £89,000, was loaded onto the back of a Mazda B2500 pick-up truck by Rogers and four other men who have not been identified.

The men split up and sped off in the Mazda and an Audi S3, leaving the JCB at the scene.

But a tracking device in the machine showed the Mazda travelling through Earith before reaching a stop in Wentworth, 22 miles away.

Officers followed the device to Wentworth, spotting the Mazda, which sped off into a field.

The driver fled from the car and managed to escape from officers, who recovered the stolen cash machine from the vehicle.

While in Wentworth, officers noticed an Audi S3 that matched the description of the second vehicle involved in the ram raid.

The occupants, all men wearing balaclavas, left the vehicle and fled from officers. One of the men removed his balaclava which officers later recovered.

The balaclava was sent for forensic analysis and DNA from Rogers was found.

Rogers, of Willow Drift, Bedford, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for three years and eight months on February 21 at Peterborough Crown Court.

PC Neil Patrick said: “Rogers caused a significant amount of damage in this calculated robbery.

“Fortunately the cash was recovered in this instance and won’t fall into the hands of criminals.”