Image West Midlands Police
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A 37 year old man from Kings Norton has been jailed for carrying out an armed robbery on a West Heath newsagent’s shop last year.

Darren Ogom, unemployed, of Longdales Road was arrested in April 2013 following a public appeal to find the gunman responsible for the robbery which took place at the News Plus Store, Grange Farm Road, West Heath in January last year.

Ogom threatened the shop’s owner with an imitation pistol before stealing money from the shop’s till. He did not attempt to hide his identity and his actions were caught on the shop’s CCTV.

Police released footage of the raid in April and days later, following several calls from the public identifying him, Ogom was arrested at his home.

Ogom pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on 9th May 2014. He was jailed for four years and ten months, with a further two year sentence for the firearms offence, to run concurrently.

DC Darren Wilkie from the force’s Criminal Investigation Department, investigated the robbery. Following the sentencing, he said: “This was a serious crime which left the shop owner distressed – and all for just a few pounds.

“In total Ogom managed to grab just a few ten pound notes from the till, but as a result of his actions he is now facing several years in jail.

“The length of his sentence reflects the severity of the crime, particularly due to the use of a weapon which caused his victim to fear for his safety.

“We’d like to thank those who assisted with our appeal last year in helping us to trace Ogom and ultimately bring him to justice.”

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