Police are investigating a robbery at a West Heath store on Tuesday but have today confirmed that an arrest has been made in relation to four previous robberies in the area.
Police were called to Bargain Booze on Middlemore Road, West Heath at 7:47pm on Tuesday 3rd June to a report of a robbery.
A man threatened two members of staff before making off with a quantity of cash. No-one was injured in the incident.
Witnesses have been spoken to, forensic investigators have scoured the store for clues, CCTV footage continues to be scrutinised and much more.
Teen charged for recent robberies
However, police confirmed today that, as part of a separate investigation, a 16-year-old boy from West Heath has been arrested and charged with four robberies and four counts of possessing a firearm.
The teenager was remanded in custody after appearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court on charges relating to four incidents: robberies at Costcutter Supermarket in Fairfax Road, West Heath on 18 May and Texaco on West Heath Road, Northfield on 21 May, and two attempted robberies, one at Barclays bank, West Heath on 22 May and the other at One Stop in Moseley on 23 May.
Many local residents have been concerned about the number of armed robberies over recent weeks, especially following the 5 armed robberies on local bookmakers in February.
A West Midlands Police spokesman today reassured that robberies in Longbridge and Kings Norton wards have halved over the last ten years, as is the case across the West Midlands.
Robberies halved over last ten years
Robberies in Longbridge and Kings Norton have been halved over the past 10 years as they have across the West Midlands.
Between April 2012 and March 2013, 106 such crimes were investigated by officers. That’s 138 down from a high of 244 from April 2003 and March 2004. This includes all robberies from bank raids to people being mugged.
The spokesman said: “The recent spate of crimes is very unusual and the incident at Bargain Booze on Middlemore Road, West Heath continues to be investigated.”
Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For information about keeping safe and not falling victim to robbers visit: www.safer-streets.org