A man who absconded from prison and car-jacked a Ferrari during a two week crime spree has been jailed for a further ten years at Birmingham Crown Court last week (16 June).
Bilal Bashir, aged 27 from Alum Rock, Birmingham was serving four years for burglary when he went on the run from HMP Hewell after escaping from the exercise yard at the end of March last year.
Just four days later on 1 April 2016 a black Audi S5 was stolen in a burglary at a house in Dorridge along with other valuables.
Three days later, the Audi pulled up outside a home in Dorridge, as the home owner arrived back three masked men dragged him out of his high performance Ferrari California and escaped.
Police were called and the Audi was tracked minutes later on the M6, where the driver repeatedly rammed a police motorway patrol car as he tried to evade capture.
Officers successfully blocked its path as it then attempted to drive southbound on the northbound carriageway at junction 5, but was stopped by the volume of traffic. The driver abandoned the vehicle and made off on foot over the Collector Road.
Meanwhile the Ferrari was found abandoned a short while later off Garretts Green Lane and CCTV showed two men ripping the dashboard out in an attempt to locate the tracker.
Unfortunately all three men evaded police, but left behind a wealth of forensic evidence.
Detective Constable Darren Brown, from Force CID, said: “Several witnesses came forward and we had detailed descriptions as well as discarded clothing and CCTV.
“The Ferrari was recovered but the damage caused was estimated to be £40,000.”
Bashir was arrested a few days later from a friend’s flat, and analysis of his mobile phone placed him at all the offence locations and linked to another phone in his possession. The second phone contained pictures of the Ferrari in the days leading up to the theft and Bashir flaunting a large amount of cash and a bottle of vodka, the day after escaping from Hewell.
DC Brown added: “An orange glove found in the centre console matched one seen worn by the Audi driver and provided a DNA match to Bashir.”
The amount of evidence ensured a guilty verdict after a five day trial at Birmingham Crown Court and Bashir was sentenced to three years for burglary, six years for the Ferrari theft and 12 months for dangerous driving, all to run consecutively.
Source:: West Midlands Police News