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Robber jailed after image featured on Wanted website

November 23, 2012, 1:24 pm

A robber who smashed his way into a Birmingham pub with a metal bar before snatching the till takings has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Marcus Brotherson struck at the Hunters Moon pub, Hodge Hill, on March 8 whilst bar staff were closing up for the night.

He threatened them and demanded cash before fleeing with £2,000.

However, forensics experts recovered blood droplets at the scene left on fragments of smashed glass which provided vital DNA evidence pointing to Brotherson as the likely suspect.

The 25-year-olds image was uploaded onto West Midlands Polices new online Rogues Gallery, launched in April as part of Operation Serve & Protect which saw a concerted drive to track down wanted suspects.

And on May 22 Brotherson, from Viscount Drive in Castle Vale, was spotted behind the wheel of a car in Kitts Green.

He rammed a police car in an attempt to evade capture but, after ditching the car and making off on foot, was arrested hiding in the garden of a property in Gressel Lane.

Brotherson admitted robbery and dangerous driving and, at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (Nov 16), was jailed for four years and six months.

Investigating officer DC Craig Hall said: “Brotherson was determined to get away: he mounted a kerb and came close to colliding with a young family walking nearby but he was forced to ditch his damaged car and make a run for it.

“He was quickly arrested hiding under a bush – and will now be spending a considerable amount of time behind bars.

“Brotherson is a repeat offender having previously been jailed for four years in 2007 for a robbery at Solihull petrol station. He refuses to learn his lesson so, unless he changes his ways, can expect to spend much of his life in prison.”

Since the online Wanted Gallery went live in April, more than 60 suspects have been arrested by police, many as a result of new information provided by the public.

Business crime is a West Midlands Police priority and incident rates have dropped by more than a fifth since April – with 6,000 fewer victims – compared to the same period last year.

And the force is determined the downward trend will continue by issuing a video encouraging companies to protect their property.

The short film – which can be viewed on the West Midlands Police YouTube channel here – includes top tips to keep criminals at bay. Its hoped it will encourage businesses to review security systems, identify any flaws and make improvements.

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