A SECURITY van driver has been jailed for stealing almost £1 million in cash he was transporting.
Joel March, a former G4S driver, has been jailed for four years and eight months.
The 36-year-old was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today after admitting stealing £970,000 in cash from one of the security firm’s vans and then concealing the stolen money from police after being arrested.
The court previously heard that March went on a £1,400 spending spree in JD Sports but around £880,000 of the cash is still unaccounted for.
He fled with deposit boxes after abandoning the cash-in-transit vehicle in a leafy south London street on April 23.
The blue armoured van with G4S logos sat on a double yellow line on Larkhall Rise in Clapham, for eight hours before police were alerted, The Sun reported at the time.
The Metropolitan Police’s elite Flying Squad unit launched an investigation and March was arrested on suspicion of theft in neighbouring Brixton the following day.
March, of Rectory Grove, Clapham, admitted theft by employee of more than £900,000 at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court in April.
Prosecutor Alex Agbamu told a hearing at Inner London Crown Court in May: “The total amount is around the £900,000 mark – £880,000 is still missing and unaccounted for.”
He added: “The day after he committed the theft, he went to JD Sports on Streatham High Street and spent £1,400 on sportswear and trainers.”
Michael Hillman, defending March, said his client had been sectioned three times in the past.
He said there was still “no explanation” as to why March stole the money but had applied for the sentencing hearing to be put off so he could be evaluated by a psychiatrist.
The court heard March, who appeared via video link from HMP Thameside, suffers from “various” mental health issues.
Mr Hillman said: “The defendant pleaded guilty less than three weeks ago.
“My instructions include that Mr March has been sectioned on three separate occasions and suffers with bipolar disorder.
“There is on the face of it no explanation for why he did what we know he has done.
“And I spoke with him this morning and my submission is that a psychiatric report should be obtained.”