Police re-release images of rush robbery suspects

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

WEST Midlands Police has re-released images of two people wanted in connection with a series of rush robberies in which victims have been attacked in their own homes.

Jimmy Connors, aged 28, and 17-year-old Tom Ward are suspected of being involved in house raids that have seen victims threatened with weapons before jewellery and cash was stolen.

Both suspects are understood to be from the same travelling community and have been in and around the West Midlands region in recent months, but it is understood Ward may have travelled to the London area.

Ward is wanted for questioning about a robbery in Durham Road, Sparkhill, on 7 December 2017 where occupants were assaulted with a pickaxe handle.

And Connors − who is wanted on a recall to prison − is sought by detectives from the Met Police over three break-ins in London since September, including one where the victim was threatened with nunchucks and a hammer.

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L – R Jimmy Connors, Tom Ward

West Midlands Police Detective Sergeant Tom Lyons said: “We’re investigating 28 crimes across Birmingham where jewellery totalling tens of thousands of pounds has been stolen.

“Violence has been used on a number of occasions and victims left injured and severely traumatised by the experience. In one incident, offenders threatened to harm a newborn baby unless valuables were handed over.

“People who behave in this way deserve no protection… we need people to come forward and tell us who they suspect is involved so we can take action.

“If anybody knows the whereabouts of Connors or Ward I would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information, or who has been offered Asian or high-value gold for sale, is asked to call Det Sgt Tom Lyons at Stechford police station on 101.

Alternatively, information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.