Getaway driver, Steven Banks,, has been jailed for 12 years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to robbing a Tesco supermarket store.
The 35-year-old from Burslem worked at the same store and his insider knowledge helped his accomplices get inside as a shop assistant was filling the tills with cash from a mobile safe trolley.
Mr. Banks, who stack shelves at the supermarket phoned in sick that day and carried out the inside job alongside two masked accomplices.
He waited in a Ford Mondeo while the other men entered the Kidsgrove store and went straight to two members of staff filling the tills with cash. The staff were subjected to violence during the robbery ordeal.
The masked men stole £5,780 of cash from the safe. But before the robbers could escape, an employee scribbled down the details of their getaway car.
The car was later found abandoned nearby. The defendant’s fingerprints were recovered from the vehicle. It emerged that the Ford Mondeo had earlier been stolen and fitted with false plates.
The events unfolded early on November 10, 2017 as two cars made their way from Birmingham to Kidsgrove. The Ford Mondeo was the getaway vehicle and the other, a Mercedes, was used to transport them back after they had done the robbery and got rid of the Mondeo.
Mr. Banks phone data placed him at the scene. He had driven the getaway car while disqualified from driving. One suspect is still at large while another is ‘in custody. Police welcome his lengthy jail sentence.