North East Regional Special Operations Unit

Operation Eagle

News / February 02

Four men from Manchester have been sentenced after a series of robberies across the country.

Four men from Manchester have been sentenced after a series of robberies across the country.

Michael Rowlinson, 25, of no fixed abode was sentenced to 4 years 10 months.
Nathan Green, 32, of Sale Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, was sentenced to 5 years 9 months.
David Bennett, 37, of Arbor Avenue, Burnage, Manchester, was sentenced to 5 years 7 months.
David Murphy, 29, of Craven Road, Broadheath, Manchester,  was sentenced to 5 years 4 months.

The men stole more than £160,000 from banks and bus depots from more than 14 forces areas across England and Scotland.

The men were arrested as part of Operation Eagle, which was an investigation into a series of 21 cash point and bus depot burglaries involving a professional crime group from Manchester who travelled extensively to commit crime.

The damage caused during the commission of these crimes is estimated to be considerably higher.   

Two of those offences were committed in the North East prompting a swift response from the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU) who quickly identified those responsible. This included a bank in Whickham, Gateshead and a bus depot in Redcar, Cleveland.

The four men pleased guilty and have today been sentenced to a total of 21 years 5 months behind bars.
Head of NERSOU Detective Superintendent Alan Veitch has today welcomed the sentence.

D/Supt Veitch said: “This is another example of tenacious investigative work by NERSOU officers leading to the capture and successful prosecution of a professional burglary team not previously known to our region. We will continue to target and bring to justice those involved in committing high value crime in our communities.

"The sentences applied accurately reflect the level of criminality and should serve to be a lesson to those who seek to travel and commit crime within the North East.”


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