Birmingham man jailed after police disturb robbery attempt
March 13, 2013, 2:43 pm
A Birmingham man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years after police disturbed an attempted robbery at a Balsall Heath jewellers.
Zaheem Saleem, from Moseley, pleaded guilty and was handed the jail term at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (11 March).
The court heard how 24-year-old Saleem and two other suspects used a sledge hammer to smash through the outer door of Rouf Jewellers in Ladypool Road on 12 January.
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However as they burst through they activated a smoke screen which was spotted by a passing police patrol vehicle.
Officers saw the men running off from the scene and gave chase – Saleem was then detained nearby. An investigation to find the other two suspects continues.
Detective Constable Dan Smith, from Force CID, said: “This was an excellent example of officers being in the right place at the right time and quickly reacting to a crime in progress.
“After spotting the smoke coming from the shop they chased after the men and quickly caught up to Saleem and detained him.
“The sentence he has been given reflects the seriousness of the crime and the fact he tried to run from officers.
“Enquiries are continuing to locate the other two men involved and we would ask anyone with any information to come forward and contact us.”
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