A GANG accused of making almost £400,000 from London cash machine raids which included one in Hounslow, have appeared in court.
At least 30 thieves were involved in the scam which saw the group using angle grinders and crow bars to smash into an ATM at Mcdonald's in Bath Road, Hounslow.
In one attack a whole machine was lifted into a car and driven away, Southwark Crown Court heard last Wednesday.
Deanna Heer prosecuting, told jurors that it was a 'sophisticated' operation despite the crude methods used. It is claimed the group attempted to escape detection by using mobile phones registered in the names of girlfriends, however soon a pattern began to emerge.
Jurors were told how in June 2007, James Skuce, 30, used his girlfriend's phone to contact a fellow gang member who was at the Hounslow Mcdonald's raid.
"The machines were all the free-standing type located in railway stations, fast food restaurants and service stations," said Miss Heer. "They were generally attacked at night using angle grinders and crowbars to break in.
"Some of the tools were left at the scene and discovered the following morning. As a result £400,000 was lost not only in cash but in the cost of repairing the machines."
Miss Heer said the gang avoided targeting ATMs where they lived in East London, and instead targeted machines as far away as Norfolk using the internet.
Two of the group of nine, Skuce of Chingford and Trevor Glover, 33 from Leyton, are now on trial accused of involvement in seven of the thefts beween May 2007 and May 2008.
Both men deny the charge of conspiracy to steal.