Court hears there was no phone evidence to link one of four men accused of burglary spree across four counties to the crimes as the trial continues
A "gang member" accused of robbing a Farnborough bank "does not fit the pattern," jurors have heard.
The trial of a group of men accused of robbing Santander - along with 40 other robberies and burglaries – is expected to finish this week, and the jury have been listening to defence statements.
Stewart Last, 28, of Filmer Road, Windsor, is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court alongside Andrew Smith, 27, of Montrose Avenue, Slough, Richard Loveridge, 27, of Ditton Road, Datchet and Lee Fitzgerald, 37, of Perrycroft, Windsor.
The four deny conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary during a six-month spree between 2011 and 2012 across Hampshire, Thames Valley, Wiltshire and Surrey.
Nicky Cafferkey, defending Mr Last, said her client did not fit the prosecution’s "pattern" of events leading up to the crimes.
Mobile phone evidence was used to track down a gang leaving and arriving at their base camp at Longfield Farm in Windsor.
“If there was a pattern, Mr Last’s phone would be connected to the farm time and time again, but it is not,” Mrs Cafferkey said on Monday (October 14).
She added: “Ladies and gentleman, just because something is said to you 10, 50 or 100 times, it does not mean it is correct.”
A group made off with £85,000 from Santander in Eastmead after hitting a security guard with a sledgehammer on January 9 last year.
A metal disc cutter was found at Last’s home address as was a paint splattered ladder, paper overalls and latex gloves. However, Mrs Cafferkey said Last's job as a builder meant these items were not out of the ordinary.
The trial continues.