Three robbers who raided Co-op stores across the region, including one at The Precinct, Coton Green were jailed this afternoon at Stafford Crown Court..
Amandeep Singh, Jani Wright and Ryan Shaw, all from Birmingham, stole almost £35,000 in their spree which targeted 15 shops across Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Singh, 25, of Salisbury Road, Birchfield, and Shaw, 20, of Sedgebourne Way, Northfield, were jailed for four-and-a-half years each at Stafford Crown Court today. Wright, 25, from Conybere Street, was sentenced to five years. They will serve at least half of their terms before being considered for release on licence.
They were jailed after previously admitting conspiracy to rob. The stores which were targeted included Co-op stores in Kidderminster, Walsall, Cheslyn Hay, Telford, Coven and Bridgnorth. Singh admitted two offences; Wright pleaded guilty to 10 charges and Shaw admitted nine offences.
All three men were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to crimes at the following stores in 2012:
- January 4 at the Co-op in Stourport Road, Kidderminster
- March 7 at the Co-op in Woods Lane, Burton, Staffordshire
- April 11 at the Co-op in Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire
- April 18 at the Co-op in The Precinct, Tamworth, Staffordshire
- April 20 at the Co-op in Meadow Lane, Coalville Leicestershire
- April 26 at the Co-op in High Street, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire
- May 20 at the Co-op in The Green, Breaston, Derbyshire
- June 15 at the Co-op in Church Hill Street, Burton, Staffordshire
- July 19 at the Co-op in Dads Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham
- July 25 at the Co-op in Lodge Lane, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
- August 6 at the Co-Op in Sutton road, Walsall
- August 20 at the Co-Op in Dracott Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire
- August 28 at the Co-Op in Bagley Drive, Telford
- September 16 at the Co-Op Brewood Road, Coven, Staffordshire
- October 31 at the Co-Op Lodge Lane, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
DCI Paul Clews, Senior Investigating Officer, said:
“Today’s sentencing, following a detailed investigation, is to be welcomed and sends out a strong message – this area’s Forces will work closely together to ensure those causing significant harm will be caught, charged and put before the court.
“These crimes were committed against hard-working members of our communities and left several of the victims traumatised. I hope the prison sentences in some way help to bring closure.
“I personally would like to thank the Co-Operative management team who have been excellent in their support of the investigation, and this team work has culminated in the results we see today.
“The complexity of the operation meant regional co-operation was as important a factor as ever – utilising resources from our neighbouring forces in West Mercia, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The continued support we provide each other is vital in ensuring all offenders to such crimes realise they will be brought to justice.”