Ram raiders smash into off licence by ramming it with Ford Transit van

Moment ram raiders smash their way into off licence by ramming it with Ford Transit van before they rip out cash machine and speed off with it dragging along road

  • Footage shows Joseph Hoadley, 26, and Grant Searle, 29, ramming into the shop 
  • They caused £11,000 worth of damage to Northfleet Food and Wine in Kent 
  • Hoadley attached a cord to the ATM and car and then Searle speeds off with it

Ram raiding thieves have been caught on CCTV smashing through an off licence and stealing a cash machine. 

Footage from inside the shop showed Joseph Hoadley, 26, and Grant Searle, 29, careering through the front window of Northfleet Food and Wine in Kent.  

They caused £11,000 worth of damage by repeatedly reversing into the building so Hoadley could crawl under the shattered shutters and attach a cord to the ATM.

Searle then sped off in the Transit with the money machine in tow while Hoadley fled in a Ford Fiesta.

Police discovered the van abandoned under a railway bridge in Cobham, Surrey, with the ATM in the back around 40 minutes after the raid.

Footage from inside the shop shows Joseph Hoadley, 26, and Grant Searle, 29, careering through the front window of Northfleet Food and Wine in Kent

 Footage shows the pair smashing into the newsagent’s front window by ramming their van into the shop 

They caused £11,000 worth of damage by repeatedly reversing into the building so Hoadley could crawl under the shattered shutters and attach a cord to the ATM 

Searle then speeds off in the Transit with the money machine in tow while Hoadley fled in a Ford Fiesta.

Just 10 days after the raid around midnight on November 28, 2019, both men robbed a Co-op in Ebbsfleet, Kent.

Searle ordered an employee behind the till to put his hands up before he and Hoadley forced him into the stock room.

Hoadley then threatened a second employee with a hammer before the pair pinched cash from the store’s safe and made a getaway in a black Mercedes.

The duo were also responsible for a number of burglaries across Gravesend, Dartford and Meopham between November 25 and December 4 2019.

Hoadley and Searle were also responsible for burglaries which saw properties across Gravesend, Dartford and Meopham targeted between 25 November and 4 December 2019.


Footage from inside the shop shows Joseph Hoadley (right), 26, and Grant Searle (left), 29, careering through the front window of Northfleet Food and Wine in Kent

Police discovered the van abandoned under a railway bridge in Cobham, Surrey, with the ATM in the back around 40 minutes after the raid

They stole three vehicles, a quantity of cash, a luxury watch and an air rifle during their spree targeting five homes.

Officers used roads camera footage, mobile phone checks and CCTV to track the men, of no fixed address, to a hotel in Dartford where they were arrested on December 13, 2019.

Various items of clothing worn during the Co-op heist were found inside their room.

The double act have been on remand ever since and both admitted conspiring to burgle a business, conspiring to burgle homes and robbery.

Hoadley was jailed for 10 and a half years at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent last Friday.

Searle, who was also sentenced for five separate offences committed outside of the county, will spend 11 and a half years behind bars.

Pictured: The ATM that the pair of thieves stole from the newsagent after smashing into it with their van 

These consisted of two counts of fraud, handling stolen goods, possessing ammunition when prohibited from doing so and possessing articles for use in fraud.

Kent Police’s District Commander for Gravesham and Dartford Chief Inspector Junior Dann said: ‘These two men are prolific thieves who caused exceptional amounts of harm to the victims they targeted.

‘Their offending was remorseless, exceptionally callous and demonstrated an alarming willingness to use violence if they did not get what they wanted.

‘They have proven themselves to be a considerable danger to the public and I have no doubt they would have continued to offend if they were not apprehended when they were. I am pleased that we have secured justice for each of the victims.

‘Their detention and subsequent imprisonment is a testament to the first-class expertise of numerous policing teams, not least our Serious Organised Crime Unit, the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, our North Kent Criminal Investigation Department and the Gravesham Local Policing Team. These teams have achieved an outstanding result that has doubtlessly made north Kent safer.’

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