Bungling crook dropped his phone in bank

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.

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