Teens arrested over taxi robbery bid − police praise swift 999 call

Two teenagers were chased down by West Midlands Police dogs after it’s suspected they plotted to rob a taxi driver by luring him to a bogus midnight pick-up.

Officers were alerted to the teens acting suspiciously in Hever Avenue, Kingstanding, at 12.15am on Thursday (22 June) moments before they threatened the cabbie with a baseball bat and demanded cash.

Thanks to the swift 999 call by a member of the public, response officers and a dog unit were on the scene in minutes and a 16-year-old arrested after a brief chase.

A West Midlands Police dog picked up the scent of another suspect that had fled the scene and directed officers to a car parked in an adjacent street.

Another 16-year-old was found trying to drive off in a Renault Megane − understood to have been used earlier by the trio − but lost control and crashed into the shutters of a pizza parlour.

The schoolboys − from Winson Green and Handsworth − were questioned on suspicion of attempted robbery and have been released on bail till next month pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Karen Kirman from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “A woman called 999 after her suspicions were aroused by these three suspects: they appeared overdressed given the warm weather and seemed to be secreting items inside their clothes.

“That allowed us to divert officers to the scene straight away and they arrived just as the group were threatening the taxi driver.

“We soon had two teenagers in custody and prevented the driver from potentially coming to serious harm. We later found a baseball bat and machete discarded nearby.”

Efforts are on-going to trace a third suspect.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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