SIBLINGS who stole from a string of corner shops and high street businesses earlier this year have been jailed.
Brothers Timothy and Thomas Holland were found guilty of a spree of thefts from firms across Solihull and Birmingham.
Their tried-and-tested tactic was to offer £5 for a low value item and then grab a fistful of notes when the cashier opened the till.
They had struck at chip shops, newsagents and department stores in January and February before finally being brought to justice.
On February 7, a member-of-the-public had seen them flee Marks & Spencer, in Stratford Road, Shirley.
The quick-thinking witness had phoned their registration number through to police, who pursued the pair.
The chase came to an abrupt end, when Timothy Holland crashed his vehicle, after clipping the curb in Warwick Road, Acocks Green.
Both men were arrested and charged with five thefts, which they admitted at Leamington Justice Centre on May 31.
Thomas Holland, 52, was jailed for 18 months, while younger brother Timothy, 42, received a two year prison sentence - having also admitted dangerous driving.
They asked for several other offences to be taken into account, including a till snatch at Gregory’s Fish and Chip Shop, in Green Lane, Castle Bromwich.
At the time, manager Chris Pashourtides told us he hoped that the people responsible would be caught and “sent down”.
The pair also admitted stealing £170 from the Co-Op, on Haslucks Green Road, on January 17, when the cashier’s back was turned.
There was an almost identical theft from the Co-Op in Meriden on February 3 and a £200 snatch from Aldi, in Acocks Green, three days later.
Det Con Mohammed Azir said: “The pair used the method almost on a daily basis in February – on occasions they shoved cashiers away as they tried to secure the till.
“They didn’t get away with huge sums but they have rightly been handed prison terms for the distress they have put shop staff through.”