Gang jailed for £38,500 jewellery robbery

|News, Violent crime

Three men have today been jailed to a total of 35-and-a-half-years at Birmingham Crown Court after they pleaded guilty to the robbery of £38,500 of Asian jewellery from a shop in Sparkhill.

On 17 April 2018, three men entered the shop pretending to be plain clothed police officers wearing badges and asked to see the shop’s CCTV system. The victim was then repeatedly kicked and punched and had his wrists tied together with plastic cable ties, however, not before he was able to activate his personal attack alarm.

Police attended the scene and with the assistance from members of the public, they arrested 49-year-old James Farricker and 20-year-old Billey Abbotts near the shop. The third defendant, 36-year-old Anthony Reid, ran into another shop where he was also arrested.

All three men were charged with and later pleaded guilty to robbery.

  • James Farricker was jailed for 14 years
  • Anthony Reid was jailed for 12 years
  • Billey Abbotts was jailed for 9-and-a-half years

Madhu Rai of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “I would like to first thank those members of the public who assisted the police in the arrest of these dangerous individuals.

“This was a violent robbery committed by these three men in the middle of the day. They entered the shop by pretending to be police officers and once inside they attacked the owner, forcibly removed the CCTV system and went on to steal a large amount of jewellery, which thankfully was all recovered.”

Notes to editors

  • Madhu Rai is a Crown Advocate with CPS West Midlands
  • James Farricker D.O.B. is 26/6/1969
  • Anthony Reid D.O.B. is 27/1/1982
  • Billey Abbots D.O.B. is 20/3/1998

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