FOUR men who smashed open the door of a young couple’s Solihull home in the middle of the night to get the keys to their new car have been jailed.
At just after two in the morning on March 2, Gavin Jones and his wife Emma, who was seven months pregnant, were woken by a loud bang followed by the burglar alarm going off, a court heard.
Jamie Mathers, Alexander Bell, Aaron Hassall and Bilal Bashir had all pleaded guilty to attempted burglary at the house in Foxcote Drive.
Bell, aged 20, of Rodbury Road, Sheldon, who had also admitted stealing a car from a Solihull Audi dealership, was jailed for three years.
Mathers, aged 21, of Sheldon Heath Road, Sheldon, and Hassall, aged 20, from Erdington, were both jailed for two years and four months.
Bashir, aged 22, from Alum Rock, who entered his plea earlier than the others, was jailed for two years.
Prosecutor Cathlyn Orchard said the burglary had been planned, targeting the house, to obtain a high value car parked on the drive.
Miss Orchard pointed out that the trauma of that night had led Mrs Jones to fear it would cause her to go into early labour.
All the defendants had previous convictions.
At the time, Bell was on bail for the theft, with others, of a car from an Audi dealership in Solihull, added Miss Orchard.