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Armed robber has £37,000 seized

Dean Jenkins, serving 17 years for armed robbery
Dean Jenkins, serving 17 years for armed robbery

A robber who took part in a raid on a Herne Bay bank has had almost £37,000 seized.

Dean Jenkins was arrested after a gang leader was shot dead by police during a building society robbery.

Jenkins, 40, of Wilks Close, Rainham, currently serving 17 years in jail, benefited from crime by nearly £350,000, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

He had admitted five armed robberies of Group 4 Securicor guards delivering cash to the Abbey National in Herne Bay and the Nationwide in Paddock Wood, Strood, Birchington and New Romney.

Judge Philip Statman made a confiscation order for £36,895 after Ian Acheson, prosecuting, said it was the available amount that could be paid to Group 4 Securicor.

Mr Acheson said the company was uninsured, “not by choice but by necessity”. The confiscation amount is being held by police.

Another gang member, Ben Grehan, was said to have benefited by £187,920 but has no realisable assets.

No order was made against him and Jenkins’s father David.

Grehan, 22, of Upper Norwood, south east London, was sentenced to 12 years for the Herne Bay, Paddock Wood and New Romney raids.

David Jenkins, 61, a former special constable and ex-Securicor guard, of Pantheon Gardens, Kingsnorth, Ashford, was jailed for 10 years for the New Romney raid.

Robert Haines, 41, of Canterbury Road, Challock, was gunned down by police marksmen on October 31, 2006.

The father-of-two who worked as a nightclub doorman, was shot three times after he fired at an armed officer as he tried to make his escape with £105,000 in the New Romney raid.

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