Armed supermarket robbers jailed for 41 years

17/05/2017

Two men have today been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for a total 41 years for their part in a series of armed robberies which were committed in supermarkets and a public house across the West and East Midlands.

Between March and June 2015, an armed gang targeted 11 stores and a pub in Leicester, Birmingham and Wednesbury from which they stole approximately £30,000.

The gang used cars with stolen registration plates to travel to their destinations and help with their escape.

Once they arrived at the targeted site in the evening, they entered the premises wearing face coverings and gloves, armed with various weapons, which included a shot gun, a handgun, a knife and a baseball bat.

They threatened the employees and forced members of staff to open the safe and the tills from which they stole the day's takings. 

On two separate occasions, the gang robbed two different supermarkets in Leicester within 30 minutes. 

Following a police investigation, 34-year-old Tobias Morton and 36-year-old Dan Anderson were identified as being key figures in the gang which committed these robberies. 

The duo were subsequently arrested and they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob; Morton admitted to committing seven of the robberies and Anderson to taking part in five.

Morton was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment with an extended licence period  of 4 years and Anderson to 14 years imprisonment with an extended licence period of 4 years.

Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a highly organised group which carried out multiple targeted attacks across the area over a period of months.

"Forensically aware, they made concerted efforts to conceal the identities of both themselves and the vehicles they used to carry out this campaign.

"It was the actions of a single staff member who had been threatened with a gun at one of the final robberies that led to their identification and the subsequent police investigation placed them both at the scenes of these incidents."

"The prosecution team working together over many months built a strong case leaving the two little option but to accept their guilt.

“We hope the sentences imposed today will act as a deterrent to others."