A DANGEROUS organised crime gang, who were responsible for a terrifying raid on a Solihull home, have been jailed for a total of 96 years.
Alan Field, 50, Aiden Maund, 20, Craig Clarke, 30, Karl Gallagher, 23, Jason Murray, 29, and 27-year-old Kieran Murray targeted the family in Hampton Lane, Solihull, on May 8 last year.
Two of the thugs forced open the front door and tied up the couple before demanding cash and keys to several cars parked on the driveway.
But they were foiled by the quick-thinking victim, a 67-year-old car dealer, who sat on the keys to hide them and the men got away with just £400 in cash.
They also carried out raids at homes in Barnt Green on April 26, 2010, stealing 15 shotguns, and Lichfield on May 15, taking cars, cash, jewellery and valuable pottery.
But police tracked them down following the Lichfield robbery after officers found the victim’s stolen Jaguar being driven by Murray.
The gang appeared at Worcester Crown Court last Friday, December 16, where Field, of Edgbaston, admitted plotting to rob and conspiracy to burgle and was handed 20 years and eight months behind bars.
Maund, from Northfield, and Clarke, from Handsworth, also admired conspiracy to rob and were handed 16 and 17-year sentences respectively.
Gallagher and Murray, both from Handsworth, and Jason Murray, from Stirchley, were found guilty of the robbery plots and were given 16, 18 and nine year jail terms.
Judge Cavell said: “These robberies were quite terrifying for the victims who believed they were safe in their own homes but were physically assaulted, tied up, threatened with knives and had violence used against them.
“This was professional criminality of the utmost seriousness.”
Solihull Police Detective Sergeant Andy O’Keeffe, added: “This gang posed a real threat to communities across the region. Society is a lot safer now these criminals are behind bars, where they deserve to be.”