Woodsetton: Ram Raid Suspects Arrested
Three men are in police custody this afternoon after carrying out a series of ram raids at business across the region, including the Co-Op on Sedgley Road, Woodsetten.
The early hours HUNT involved West Midlands Police’s dog unit, traffic teams and helicopter.
Officers were initially alerted to a group of men armed with crowbars at 11:30pm (06/11) trying to prize open the cash machine at the store off the Birmingham New Road.
Fleeing empty handed, the gang struck again, this time at a jewellers in Hockley. There, they used a blow torch to cut through security shutters.
Details of a Land Rover used in both offences was radioed to West Midlands Police units and at 12.20am.
The police helicopter spotted it in Billesley Lane, Wake Green, Birmingham.
It was being used again to ram raid a money exchange shop in Kings Heath High Street.
Traffic officers pursued the car – understood to have been stolen during a burglary in the West Midlands – into Small Heath where it was abandoned near Walford Road, Sparkbrook.
Three men bolted from the vehicle but their bid to evade officers was short lived: two men were plucked from the nearby canal while a third suspect was found hiding in trees.
Super sniffers from West Midlands Police’s Dog Unit also uncovered a ski mask and gloves believed to have been discarded by the fleeing men.
Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Stu Bill, praised the teamwork of all the police units involved in the arrest.
“We had response officers at the scene of last night’s break-ins within matter of minutes – details of the Land Rover were passed to colleagues and the force helicopter was quickly on their tail.
“Traffic officers successfully pursued the men, forcing them to abandon the car, and our dog unit helped with the arrests and to seize vital evidence. A fantastic result… police teamwork at its best.”
The men aged 26, 28 and 29 will also be questioned about two ram raids in the space of 15 minutes yesterday morning (6 Nov) first at Argos in Kings Heath High Street at 2.45am followed by an attempted break-in at a jewellery shop in Yardley Wood Road.