A CAREER criminal has been jailed for raiding shops across the region, including convenience stores in Solihull.
Paul Johnson, 32, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on May 24 for 18 offences at convenience stores in Solihull, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall, Stafford, Bromsgrove, Rugeley and Lichfield.
The court heard how the 32-year-old targeted the shops for cigarettes but became increasingly brazen with every theft, stealing money from tills as well as tablet computers and games consoles. Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op, Poundworld and Carphone Warehouse were among his victims, as the crook used increasing amounts of aggression and violence to pull off the robberies.
Johnson, who was eventually tracked down at an address in Portland Road, pleaded guilty to all 18 charges - as well as two drugs offences - at Wolverhampton Crown Court which included theft, attempted theft and robbery.
Investigating officer, PC Andy Harman, said: “Had he not been arrested when he was, I’m sure he’d still be committing robberies today.”