Bungling crook dropped his phone in bank
A WOULD-BE robber dropped his phone in an unsuccessful attempt to snatch a satchel containing £25,000 from a restaurant owner in a bank in Birmingham.
Jamie Evans and an accomplice fled from the HSBC branch in Kingstanding on December 2 last year empty handed – but he quickly realised he had left his phone inside.
He then smashed a hole in the door in a bid to get it back but a member of the public kicked his hand when he reached in.
Evans, 21, of no fixed address was jailed for four years and eight months while accomplice Hughie Bradley, 23, of Mount View, Sutton Coldfield was handed five years and four months. Both admitted conspiracy to rob.
Sonny Huang, who owned a number of restaurants, was the victim of the attempted robbery.
Gareth Walters, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said: “The two would-be robbers fled and a woman who had been in the bank pushed the door shut behind them. Evans had dropped his mobile phone.
“He was so desperate to get it back he went and collected a brick, came back to the main door and managed to smash a hole in it and then reached through in an attempt to retrieve it.”
After failing he again fled and police found his fingerprints and blood on the door and discovered he had used his phone to contact Bradley shortly before the raid. In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “It is clear there was significant planning. This victim was targeted and his whereabouts were known and he was attacked.”
Carl Templar-Vasey, for Evans, said: “He became involved on the day which explains the lack of sophistication and execution.”
Daniel Oscroft, for Bradley, who had acted as a look out, said he had panicked and left when things had not gone right.