Two jailed after laundering stolen money in Kettering

Jamie Threadgold and Benjamin Ukaegbu
Jamie Threadgold and Benjamin Ukaegbu

A man who attacked a security guard with a baseball bat and stole £25,000 has been jailed for nine years.

The offender, 32-year-old Jamie Threadgold, was arrested by police when he and Ben Ukaegbu, also 32, attempted to launder the stolen money in Kettering.

Threadgold, of Windsor Crescent, Northampton, was convicted at Northampton Crown Court of robbery and possessing a bladed weapon in public.

He carried out the violent cash in transit robbery in Weedon Road, Northampton, on June 18, attacking the security guard with a baseball bat outside Barclays Bank. A cash box containing the money was taken from him.

Threadgold was sentenced to nine years in prison for robbery and two years for possessing a weapon, to be served concurrently. He had previously pleaded guilty to concealing or converting criminal property and to possessing criminal property. He received two years and nine months for each offences, also to be served concurrently.

Ukaegbu, of Windyridge, Northampton, pleaded guilty to concealing or converting criminal property and possessing criminal property. He was sentenced to two years and nine months for each offence, to be served concurrently.

Threadgold and Ukaegbu were identified when they tried to launder the money in Kettering, two days after the robbery. They were caught out because the money had become stained from their forcing the box open.

Detective Inspector Louise Fleckney, from the Criminal Investigation Department of Northamptonshire Police, said: “The sentences that these offenders have received reflect the seriousness of their crimes. The public should be reassured that their ability to cause harm has been brought to an end by their prison sentences.”