Two thugs, who attacked and robbed a terrified Solihull couple in their own home, have been jailed for seven years each.
Emerson Brown, 54, and Mirza Beg, 25, had forced their way into the Buryfield Road home and pushed over the 66-year-old homeowner, kicking him in the head, before ripping a £2,000 gold necklace from his 65-year-old wife’s neck on the morning of August 3.
Witnesses saw the men flee to a white van parked nearby which police were then able to trace to Brown.
Both men were later arrested and charged with robbery and assault with intent to rob.
DC Craig Brewer, from Solihull Police, said: “The man had answered his front door that morning as he was expecting visitors, only to be pushed over by the offenders who demanded money.
“While the homeowner was lying on the hall floor, his wife rushed to see what was happening and the two offenders again demanded money, before pulling her hair and forcing her to the floor.
“The men then snatched a gold necklace from around her neck valued at £2,000, before kicking her husband in the head. A relative of the couple then arrived at the address, causing the offenders to panic and run into a vehicle parked in nearby Ferndown Road.”
Brown, a builder from Ash Road, Reading, and Beg, unemployed from Romsey Road, Reading, were both found guilty and jailed at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday following an earlier three-week trial.
Two other men charged in connection with the offence were found not guilty following the trial in January 2014.
DC Brewer added: “The family were extremely shaken by this incident in their own home but due to special measures at court were able to give their evidence without fear.
“I welcome these sentences and would like to thank the witnesses who came forward and provided police with the registration of the van, which enabled us to track and arrest the offenders.”