Five members of a gang who attacked a jewellery shop worker with a hammer and made off with £250,000 worth of property have been handed jail sentences.
CCTV footage released by West Midlands Police captured the incident which took place at SP Green in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on January 6 last year.
The film shows a smoke shield being triggered and one gang member Owen Richardson hitting a shop worker with a hammer, while accomplices Daijon Johnson and Jamul Pinnock-Parkes ransacked the store.
Pinnock-Parkes, Johnson and a 17-year-old were arrested after attempting to flee the scene in a taxi. Richardson and getaway driver Jermaine Davis were arrested the following day in a Renault Megane seen at the time of the offence.
Police say that while £250,000 of jewellery was taken, only £12,000 worth was ever recovered.
The men were sentenced at Birmingham crown court.
Richardson, of Frankfort Street, Newtown, was jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to rob and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply
- Johnson, 20, of Sherbourne Grove, Ladywood, was jailed for 12 years and eight months
- Pinnock-Parkes, 20, of Manilla Road, Selly Park, admitted conspiracy to rob and was jailed for nine years and 10 months
- Davis, 27, of Icknield Port Road, Edgbaston, admitted conspiracy to rob and possession with intent to supply and escaping from lawful custody, was jailed for 14 years and 11 months
- Bradley Devine, aged 25, of Four Acres, Quinton, who posed as the customer to allow the gang access, was jailed for 10 years in May last year after admitting conspiracy to rob and other offences
- The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced on December 15
DC Mark Timmins, who led the investigation, said: “This was a really nasty robbery targeting a business in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. Businesses in the area can rest assure that we will always fully investigate these crimes.”