A GANG of men from Leeds who stole more than £1m from a Securitas van have been convicted of a string of offences, police have said.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the four Leeds men were found guilty of charges including conspiring to commit murder and robberies across the North of England.
Dennis Slade, 33, and Richard Pearman, 34, were found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of two counts of robbery, the first on March 8, 2006, when just over £1m was stolen from a Securitas van in Woolston, Warrington, and the second on December 12, 2007, at the Cross Gates Post Office in Leeds.
West Yorkshire Police said the men were also found guilty of two counts of conspiring to commit robbery between January 2007 and March 2008, including at a Sainsbury’s store in Colton, Leeds.
Michael Baxter, 33, was found guilty of robbery in connection with the money stolen in Warrington. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to rob including at the Sainsbury’s store and admitted robbery at the Post Office, police said.
A fourth man, James Hudson, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob the Sainsbury’s Store and robbery at the Post Office.
Slade, Pearman and Baxter were also found guilty of conspiring to murder a 40-year-old Leeds man in 2008, arson, criminal damage and handling stolen property following a trial at Leeds Crown Court on August 20, 2009.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “These investigations demonstrate the dedication and professionalism of detectives to bring serious and organised criminals to justice.” The men will be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on February 12.