Bungling crooks who left mobile phone at crime scene jailed
Two Birmingham thugs have been sentenced to ten years in jail between them after carrying out a robbery at a Kingstanding bank.
Jaymi Evans (pictured left) and Hughie Bradley attacked a businessman in an attempt to steal a large quantity of cash after scoping the victim out at HSBC on Kettlehouse Road on 2 December last year.
Birmingham Crown Court heard they threatened to shoot the man and subjected him to a sustained assault which was witnessed by customers and staff at the branch.
Evans and Bradley were unable to snatch a holdall containing £25,000 but made off with wads of cash totalling £3,000 which had spilled out onto the floor during the struggle – none of which has been recovered.
Customers rushed to the aid of the businessman and forced the pair out of the branch. In their desperate bid to escape, the bungling crooks dropped a mobile phone at the scene of the crime.
Realising their mistake they desperately tried to recover the handset and smashed a glass panel with a brick but brave staff and members of the public thwarted their attempts.
Officers began immediate examination on the mobile and quickly identified Evans as the phone owner and then linked him to Bradley through mobile data analysis.
After further painstaking police work, officers were also able to identify both men from CCTV captured outside the bank leading up to and following the robbery.
Bradley was arrested when he attended a probation appointment in Sutton Coldfield on 12 December and Evans was arrested on 31 January after he was found hiding under a bed at a property in Erdington.
Both men admitted being at the bank but denied any involvement in the robbery. However due to compelling evidence against them – including CCTV footage, forensic hits, fingerprints, blood and mobile phone data – CPS granted the decision to charge both men with conspiracy to commit robbery.
The pair were found guilty following a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court in June, and were sentenced yesterday (5 July).
Jaymi Evans, aged 21, from Sutton New Road, Erdington, was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and 24-year-old Hughie Bradley, from Copshill Court, Sutton Coldfield, received a sentence of five years and four months in prison.
After the sentences were passed, Detective Constable Christopher Warren-Smith said: “Through diligent police work we were able secure very strong evidence against the pair and bring them to justice; taking them off the streets of Birmingham for a substantial period of time.”
Source:: West Midlands Police News