Crash! Bungled ram- raid lands thief in prison
A BUNGLING supermarket ram- raider sped off with bags of cigarettes and champagne – but was caught by police after CRASHING his car.
Leroy King, 39, was part of a gang who targeted a Sainsbury’s store in Haslucks Green Road, Solihull, in a late- night attack on May 4.
They spent five noisy minutes trying to get into store – and an alert resident phoned the police, who were rapidly on the scene and, following a high- speed chase, officers caught King after he crashed his car.
The crook, formerly of Yardley Road, Yardley, was jailed for four years after previously admitting burglary and dangerous driving.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that the raid took place on May 4, when a local resident was awoken by the noise of a car mounting the kerb near his home in Haslucks Green Road.
He saw two men, wearing balaclavas, attaching a rope from the bumper of a Renault Scenic to the shutters of a Sainsbury’s – and attempting to pull them off
But the bid failed because the rope fell off and the gang resorted to driving into the shutters, eventually gaining entry.
The incident lasted for about five minutes and, after loading the vehicle with the booty, King drove off, but police were quickly on his tail.
There was a pursuit through the roads of Billesley with the Scenic travelling at 60mph on roads with a 30mph limit.
King eventually lost control and collided with two parked cars, causing extensive damage, before running off. Lal Amarasinghe, prosecuting, said King tried to escape by going through some communal flat doors but was pursued by an officer with a dog.
The crook was arrested and sustained a number of bites.
Mr Amarasinghe said the value of the goods taken was low but raiders had caused £ 50,000- worrth of damage to the supermarket.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “This is a signifi- cant escalation of your offending and involved a carefully planned, although not actually well executed burglary, smashing your way into a supermarket.”
Jabeen Akhtar, defending, said King committed offences to fund a drug addiction and at the time he had effectively been homeless.
“This was a lot of effort for something that was not worth very much at all – a few bottles of alcohol and cigarettes,” he said.
Leroy King and the damage to the Sainsbury’s store