The men, convicted yesterday, were part of a gang of fourteen, who between them escaped with property, cash and cars including £700k from a bank heist after subjecting their victims to ‘horrific ordeals’Ten men who went on a “rampage” of violent robberies and burglaries have been jailed for more than 100 years.
The gang escaped with property, cash and cars worth more than £1million after subjecting their victims to ‘horrific ordeals’, the Birmingham Mail reported.
The rampage included a 2013 bank robbery at a branch of HSBC in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, where they escaped with £700,000 after injuring a member of staff.
During sentencing at Stafford Crown Court today Judge Mark Eades said: “This was a rampage of multiple offences over much of the Midlands where violence was used, weapons carried and people terrified.
“It was done on a number of occasions which in my experience is extraordinary.”
The crime spree came to an end in June 2014, when five of the gang stormed into a Morrisons on Upper Gungate in Tamworth.
Staff raised the alarm and police officers arrived on scene to make arrests.
Police even discovered that the gang had planned to burgle the home of a 90-year-old from Solihull who had legally held firearms in his house.
A map and plans of the home were recovered at the Erdington home of Aaron Leathem.
Police inquiries revealed that James Mallett, a boiler engineer from Castle Vale, had visited the Solihull address and drawn the map detailing where firearms were kept whilst servicing the boiler.
He then passed the information to Leathem.The gang were caught after a three-year investigation by Staffordshire Police with support from colleagues in the West Midlands, Warwickshire, the Metropolitan Police and the National Crime Agency.
Detective Supt Simon Duffy, from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime Department, oversaw the investigation and said: “This is an excellent result and has taken 14 offenders off our streets who between them stole a huge amount of money and property.
“I would like to thank all the victims who supported our investigation.“Not only did they lose money or property, but some were subjected to horrific ordeals at the hands of these men.“They were threatened verbally and physically. It is not what people expect when they are going about their daily business.
“But thanks to the bravery of these victims in speaking out we are in this position today.“I hope this result serves as a strong warning to others. We are committed to bringing those responsible for such crimes to justice, no matter how long it takes.”
Connor Robertson – Aged 25, of Wood End Lane, Lichfield was jailed for 12 years and six months.
Mark Hazel – Aged 35, of Leaside Avenue, Rugeley, was jailed for eight years.
Aaron Leathem – Aged 24, of Gipsy Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, was sentenced to 15 years and six months.
Anthony Edwards – Aged 28, of Cardwell Road, London, was sentenced to nine years.
Khuram Razaq – Aged 25, of Stoney Lane, Yardley Birmingham, was jailed for 12 years.
Simon Walker – Aged 34, of Turnberry Road, Great Barr, Erdington, Birmingham, was jailed for nine years.
Gary Abbots – Aged 21, of Brookvale Park Road, Erdington, Birmingham, was sentenced to six years.
Ben Crofts – Aged 24, of Brookvale Park Road, Erdington, Birmingham, was sentenced to 12 years.
Chad Lee – Aged 25, of Hartwell Road, Erdington, Birmingham, was jailed for 27 months.
Irfan Bonner – Aged 28, of Faulkners Farm Drive, Erdington, Birmingham, was jailed for 10 years and six months.
Wayne Stokes – Aged 31, of The Ridgeway, Erdington, Birmingham, was sentenced to 10 years.
Tyrone Reid – Aged 25, of Cromwell Street, Dudley, was sentenced to seven years.
Samsad Duha – Aged 24, of Olton Boulevard West, Tyesley, Birmingham, was jailed for 27 months.
James Mallett – Aged 43, of Shawberry Avenue, Castle Vale, Birmingham, was jailed for three years.
The men committed the following offences:
9 March 2013 – Burglary at an address on Kingstanding Road, Kingstanding
7 May 2013 – Robbery at Lakeside Superbowl, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
15 June 2013 – Burglary in Kings Norton, Birmingham, during which a White Audi S3 was taken
18 June 2013 – Robbery at Morrisons in Rugeley, Staffordshire
26 June 2013 – Robbery at the Co-Op, Common Lane, Fradley, Staffordshire
8 July 2013 – Robbery at HSBC on Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield,
22 January 2014 – Robbery at the Co-Op, Main Street, Alrewas, Staffordshire
31 March 2014 – Robbery at the Co-Op, Queensway, Rugeley, Staffordshire
20 April 2014 – Robbery at the Co-Op Service Station, Wolverhampton Rd, Penkridge, Staffordshire
2 May 2014 – Robbery at the Co-Op, Muckley Corner Service Station, Lichfield, Staffordshire
27 May 2014 – Theft of a motor vehicle from Pear Tree Crescent, Solihull
1 June 2014 – Attempted robbery at the Toby Carvery in Shenstone, Staffordshire
4 June 2014 – Robbery at the Co-op, Springfield Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire
20 June 2014 – Robbery at Morrisons on Parkgate Road, Coventry.