A Northfield man has today been jailed for his part in a string of robberies from Co-operative supermarkets across the West Midlands.
Ryan Landon Shaw, 20, of Sedgebourne Way, was sentenced alongside two other men – Amandeep Singh, 26, from Birchfield and Jani Joseph Wright, 25, of Highgate. Today at Stafford Crown Court, Shaw and Singh were jailed for four and half years, while Wright received a sentence of five years in prison.
All three men were charged in connection with 15 robberies at Co-op stores across the Midlands during a 10-month period in 2012.
Shaw and Wright were arrested in Bridgnorth on 31 October 2012. Singh was arrested the following day, 1 November 2012, in Bartley Green, Birmingham.
Led by Staffordshire Police, officers across the West Midlands (Staffordshire, West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police) worked together on the case. CCTV footage of a robbery in Cheslyn Hay was shown on BBC Crimewatch and information received from the public provided a significant breakthrough.
During the incidents Co-op stores were targeted shortly before closing time. Upon entry offenders were aggressive towards staff, intimidating them and forcing them into back rooms. One member of staff was then forced to open up the safe and put the contents into a bag. The offenders then left the scene.
Whilst no physical injuries were caused, many staff were left traumatised, some for many weeks after the offence had taken place.
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.”