A DESPERATE thief who was part of a gang who tried to steal a cash machine from a petrol station has been spared jail.
Andrew Carl George Brill, 27, was a passenger in a stolen Ford Transit van which was used to remove the stand-alone machine outside Rydal Garage in Elvington in August last year.
The early-morning raid for the machine, which contained more than £25,000, was a failure and the damage caused to the machine amounted to more than £15,000.
Brill, from Armley in Leeds, appeared at York Crown Court, where he had already pleaded guilty to the charge, along with several other crimes, including his part in breaking into the York Maze office in Elvington and taking off with more than £4,000 in cash and two starting pistols worth £100.
His crimes were described in court as “amateurish” and that he suffered from anxiety and depression.
Sentencing, Recorder Deborah Sherwin said the reasons for his involvement were “born out of desperation and fear” and that he had been easy prey for more sophisticated criminals.
Brill was given a 12-month suspended sentence, ordered to carry out 300 hours’ of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 12 months for being the passenger in the stolen van.