Post office raiders caught on CCTV from passing bus
A gang of armed robbers who bungled a raid on a Renfrewshire post office have been jailed after they were caught on CCTV from a passing bus.
John Anderson, 39, Christopher Dailly, 38, and his brother Steven Dailly, 35, targeted the post office in Main Road, Howwood, in November last year.
The trio were armed with a knife and a hammer but failed to batter down a security screen and door.
Anderson was jailed for eight years and the Daillys for seven years each.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Anderson and the Dailly brothers were dropped off in Howwood on 18 November, but when they saw a woman waiting at the bus stop outside the post office they decided to wait in the shelter until she left.
However, the bus she got onto had CCTV which caught them on camera.
The woman, who lived in Howwood, also contacted the police after hearing about the robbery and gave descriptions of them.
Inside the post office they failed to gain entry to the secure area because of measures installed after a previous robbery.
Christopher Dailly also lifted up the hat which was covering part of his face - in view of a security camera - while co-accused Anderson was recognised by the postmistress.
When police later searched the Daillys' home they found distinctive jackets which had been worn on the raid.
The trio denied the robbery bid, but were convicted after trial.
Judge Lord Turnbull told them: "You have very, very serious records. I have to deal severely with this in order to protect the public."
The court was told that Anderson had three previous High Court convictions, Christopher Dailly had only been released six months earlier from a seven year sentence for assault and robbery and his brother had 43 previous convictions.
The court heard that Anderson and Steven Dailly both had addiction problems.