Gang jailed for 14 years for Co-op store robberies


Three members of a gang who targeted and robbed branches of the Co-operative retail stores across the Midlands region have today been jailed to a total of 14 years after they were found guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery

Ryan Shaw, 20 and Jani Wright, 25, and Amandeep Singh had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at an earlier hearing.

Over a 10 month period between 3 January 2012 and 1 November 2012, the gang robbed 16 Co-operative stores in Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Walsall and Birmingham from where they stole £34,011 as well as 3,790 in Euros and American Dollars.

Members of the gang were arrested after they had raided a store in Shropshire. Singh was arrested the following day from his home address.

Ryan Shaw and Amandeep Singh were each sentenced to four-and-a-half years and Jani Wright was jailed for five years.

Paul Spratt, Senior Crown Advocate from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This is an extremely dangerous gang who, over a 10 month campaign of terror, attacked small local retail stores in mainly residential areas.

"They would enter the store in the final minutes of closing time and use threats of verbal and physical violence in order to gain compliance from the staff on duty and gain access to the store safe. We must be thankful that no was seriously harmed during their spate of robberies.

"This was a complex prosecution which involved liaising with six different police forces in order to build a strong case against the gang members who had been arrested.

"Staffordshire Police conducted a very full investigation, and this enabled the investigation and Prosecution to be concluded so effectively

"I would like to take this opportunity of sending out a reassurance message to the local communities that the criminal justice agencies are all working together to target, disrupt and prosecute gangs such as this one in order to make the Midlands a safer place."