Brazen burglar jailed for string of Birmingham break-ins

A burglar[1] who targeted five city premises in two weeks has been jailed for more than five years. Barrie King struck three times in 24 hours in Acocks Green[2] on September 14 last year.

The 41-year-old first broke into and stole items from a restaurant in Warwick Road. He then stole items from a store opposite.

At both premises he was confronted by staff but forced his way out. Police said no-one was injured.

A few hours passed before King broke into an unoccupied home in nearby Oxford Road. Inside, he carried out an 'untidy search'.

Ten days later he stole electronics, cash and jewellery from a flat in Wellesley Gardens. Finally, on September 27, he rode away from a burglary in Stratford Road on a bike he’d just stolen - before dumping it at nearby bus stop.

West Midlands Police[4] shared an image of King with its local teams. On September 29, a Stechford neighbourhood officer spotted King, gave chase and detained him.

King, of no fixed address, admitted four burglaries, attempted robbery, theft and assault between September 14 and 27 last year. He was jailed for five years and four months last Wednesday at Birmingham Crown Court.[5]


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