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Four jailed for commercial burglaries

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: July 26, 2011

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FOUR men have been jailed following a lengthy investigation into a series of commercial burglaries and robberies.

The thieves mainly targeted cigarette kiosks at large supermarket chains, including Tesco's in Stafford, before escaping in stolen high powered performance vehicles with cloned registration plates.

They were responsible for five raids across Staffordshire and Shropshire - esacaping with goods worth £69,792 between September 2009 and January 2010.

Adrian Durant, 27, from Wolverhampton received four years for a robbery at Morrisons, Leek and three years three months for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary at Tesco in Cradley Heath, Tesco in Stafford, Somerfield at Stirchley in Telford and Barkers newsagent at Shifnal, Shropshire. He was sentenced to an additional five months for handling stolen goods.

Wayne Marsh, 29 from Wolverhampton, received four years six months for the robbery at Morrisons in Leek and three years three months for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary at Tesco in Cradley Heath, Tesco in Stafford, Somerfield in Stirchley, Telford and Barkers at Shifnal, Shropshire.

Jason Davies, 33, from Wolverhampton received three years six months for the robbery at Morrisons in Leek and three years for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary at Waitrose in Newport, Shropshire One Stop Shop in Cannock, Somerfield in Stirchley, Telford and Barkers at Shifnal, Shropshire.

Stephen Howell, 23, from Wolverhampton received three years six months for the robbery at Morrisons in Leek and three years for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary at Somerfield in Stirchley, Telford and Barkers at Shifnal, Shropshire. All sentences will run concurrently.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Daryn Elton, head of West Mercia Police’s Specialist Crime Unit, said: "These men targeted commercial premises in their efforts to steal high quantities of cigarettes. "They had no regard for the fear and duress they placed upon staff working at the locations and their recklessness in making good their escape."

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