Teen locked up over armed robbery at couple’s home

A teenager has lost his freedom after forensics and information from the public helped us link him to a violent armed robbery in Bloxwich.

He confronted a couple in their 60s after smashing his way into their home in Harden Road last November along with two accomplices. 

The teenager - who was aged just 16 at the time - repeatedly struck the homeowner with a machete. 

As the man tried to fight him off he was pushed through a door and was left with head injuries, cuts and a shattered arm which needed corrective surgery.

Another robber put a knife near to the woman's throat as the property was searched and cash and jewellery were taken.

A woolly hat had been pulled from the teen during the scuffle with the homeowner and was recovered from the room of the attack. Although analysis at that stage showed there was no match to anyone currently on the police database.

We launched a public appeal for information following the robbery at around 10.10pm on 28 November and earlier this year we received information from the public suggesting the suspect was involved.

Following further enquiries the boy was arrested but initially he denied he was part of the robbery. However, after taking his DNA we were able to prove he had been wearing the hat that night.

The 17-year-old – which the law states we can’t name due to his age – went on to plead guilty to aggravated burglary and causing grevious bodily harm. 

He was sentenced to four years and six months at a youth offenders institution at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday (20 September).

DC Steve Trotman, from force CID, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims in their own home and will sadly have an impact on them forever.

"This boy was particularly violent but we knew we had a real forensic opportunity once the right person was identified. The information we received from the public then helped us track him down.

“He was then picked out in an identification parade as the weight of evidence built up and led to the guilty pleas. He has now lost his freedom and has a criminal record at such a young age.

"This isn't the end of the matter as we still need to trace his accomplices and I would urge anyone with information to contact us."

This can be done via Live Chat on our website, or by calling 101, and quote crime reference number 20WS/295078E/20.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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