A career criminal who stole just over £300 in cash in two armed robberies at Birmingham convenience stores has been jailed for 13 years.
Ain Williams, of Amiss Garden, Small Heath raided the two stores in West Heath and The Green, Meriden in June 2014.
The 50-year-old threatened staff with a police style baton before demanding cash.
The court heard that he planned the robberies and had a getaway driver waiting for him on both occasions.
But he was tracked down by detectives after CCTV caught him on camera getting into the car and an extensive investigation linked him to the getaway driver and the crimes.
Williams was arrested in September 2014 and charged with the offences. He appeared before Birmingham magistrates and was remanded pending a trial.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Kate Fitzgerald said: “Williams chose to represent himself at trial and deliberately tried to obstruct the justice system by requesting adjournments and claiming police interview tapes had been tampered with.
“Twice trials were abandoned and reset for later dates and finally on Wednesday 13 July a jury found him guilty of both robberies. He was sentenced on the same date.”
DC Fitzgerald added: “Williams targeted vulnerable shop workers in convenience stores with no regard for their welfare. During each trial witnesses were called and this also took its toll on their health, causing stress and anxiety.
“I am pleased that this has now concluded and they can move on with their lives.”
The getaway driver, Lee Saddler, aged 49 from Nevada Way, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial and will be sentenced on 29 July.
Source:: West Midlands Police News