JAILED – Ram-raid gang who targeted businesses in Kings Heath and Yardley Wood
Written by Tristan Harris on June 30, 2019
FOUR members of a ram raid gang have been jailed for a total of 23 years after pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court.
One of the shocking attacks – seen in this video – happened in Kings Heath in the early hours of November 7 last year.
Shaun Sutherland, Abdul Nasim, Saifullah Khan and Nethanial Brown used a Land Rover as a battering ram to enter a currency exchange bureau.
They made off empty handed after being spooked by the police helicopter which was flying overhead having already received reports of the gang targeting a Co-op store in Dudley and a Hockley jewellers.
The quartet, being tracked by the chopper, were wanted for more than 20 shop raids in just six weeks and ditched the Land Rover in Sparkbrook where the helicopter kept tabs on them using thermal imaging cameras.
Sutherland, 28, and 29-year-old Brown were tracked to the canal and jumped in to try and evade capture but they were plucked from the water by officers.
Khan, 27, was tracked by a West Midlands Police dog nearby and swiftly arrested and Nasim, 20, from Applesham Close in Sparkhill was arrested a few weeks later.
All four were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and were jailed at Birmingham Crown Court having admitted roles in the ram raid plot.
Sutherland from Earlswood Road, Balsall Heath, was jailed for six years and four months, Nasim and Khan from Smithwood Crescent, West Bromwich were both handed six years and Brown from Longleat Avenue, Birmingham, was sentenced to four years, eight months.
Det Insp Tom Hadley from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “This was an organised, determined and, on occasions, quite brazen conspiracy which caused substantial loss to small businesses.
“The men caused extensive damage and misery to the business community, plus huge inconvenience to the eight people whose cars they stole to carry out the ram raids.
“It’s estimated they caused damage in excess of £100,000 and carried bricks and pieces of concrete in their cars which they used as missiles to attack police and any members of the public who confronted them.
“We suspect other men were also part of the conspiracy; our investigation continues and we are determined to bring all those responsible to justice.”
Mayfield Stores was the first shop to be attacked − in the early hours of October 5 − when a stolen Audi A3 was used to drag away a cash machine which was later found dumped in an industrial estate in Balshall Heath.
Two days later, three business premises were raided within just two hours.
Shutters were forced at Co-op in Yardley Wood Road at 2am and an unsuccessful attempt made to steal an ATM machine.
Less than an hour later the Phone X Change in Solihull was ransacked and stock stolen and shortly afterwards men forced entry to Madina Mobiles in Sparkhill.
West Midlands Police detectives found blood on a shattered glass cabinet which returned a DNA hit to Sutherland − and together with CCTV and phone analysis comprised a compelling evidence package that saw the four men admit their involvement.