Three men have admitted using ink-stained bank notes, stolen in an armed robbery in Northampton, in a series of gambling machines across the county.
Mark Grimbley, Chase Talbot and Austin Paley, all pleaded guilty to conspiring to convert criminal property over a two-month period last year.
Northampton Crown Court heard the three men went into Corals bookmakers in Wellingborough two days after a G4S security guard was robbed of a cash box containing £25,000 by a gang armed with baseball bats outside Barclays Bank in Weedon Road, Northampton in June 2013.
Alex Bull, prosecuting, said the trio went into the bookmakers and put £200 of ink-stained notes into the gambling machine and left with £287 of “clean” money.
The same three men were then seen in Corals in Towcester putting bank notes into a gambling machine and a member of staff reported their behaviour as suspicious.
At 9pm the same day the three men then put a number of the stained bank notes into a gambling machine at Beacon Bingo in Northampton.
They later did the same in Corals bookmakers in Northampton’s Market Square on July 5.
Grimbley, aged 26, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 50 hours of unpaid work, Talbot, aged 27, of St Leonard’s Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, and Paley, aged 26, of Dimock Square, Camp Hill, Northampton, were both sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work.