It turns out it was an unlucky night for would-be thieves who were targeting a cash-in-transit van outside Santander (not the first time that such vans have been targeted in Worcester Park).
Four robbers leapt onto the roof of the van and set about trying to break into it with hammers just as a Police van loaded with officers was driving down Central Road.
The robbers (three men and a 17 year old all of whom are unemployed and from outside Sutton Borough) attempted a getaway but all were promptly captured by Police.
The four appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrate's Court last Friday charged with attempted robbery and were all remanded in custody. One was also charged with assaulting a police officer, whilst resisting arrest.