Custody Watch: Robbery and burglary suspects in our cells
We’ve currently got 65 crime suspects in our cells including people arrested for a nasty robbery, burglaries and an alleged charity doorstep scam.
First up is Ryan McIntosh.
Officers arrested him in Alexandra Street, Wolverhampton, on Sunday (11 Oct) after officers recognising him as wanted over a robbery in which a man with learning difficulties was attacked.
It’s alleged McIntosh was one of three men who shoved the 56-year-old victim to the ground off New Hampton Road West on the morning 30 September and stole £80 in cash.
The 38-year-old has been charged with robbery and ‘appeared’ at a virtual court hearing today from the comfort of our modern custody block in Oldbury.
He’s been remanded in custody until his next court date in November so will be transferred to prison.
We’ve already arrested and charged another man over the robbery. Mussa Khan, aged 24 and of no fixed address, appeared in court yesterday.
Efforts on-going to trace the third suspect.
Pursuit of burglary suspect
Currently residing at our other ‘Super Block’ in Perry Barr is a 27-year-old Billesley man we arrested following a pursuit just after midnight this morning.
The man was spotted behind the wheel of what officers suspected was a stolen car.
He failed to stop and was pursued for around 15 minutes during which time he drove at high speed and on the wrong side of a dual carriageway.
The driver realised he wasn’t going to shake off our patrol car and eventually pulled over in Trittiford Road, Billesley.
He was arrested and blew 81 on a breath test – that’s more than twice the legal limit.
We’re also questioning him about a burglary in Yardley Wood Road on 21 September when a large amount of cash and an old military watch was stolen.
Early morning arrests
More early morning arrests came in Wolverhampton when our officers responded to reports of a burglary in progress in Mill Street.
They confirmed a break-in and got a description of the offenders – and minutes later boys aged 16 and 17 were arrested in Ward Street.
And a search of the area uncovered two knives discarded in a bush.
Both teenagers were arrested for burglary but we’re in the process of bailing them while we await the result of forensics. They’ll be bailed with overnight curfews which should keep them off the streets after dark.
Other crime suspects
Assault is the most common arrest reason for people currently in our cells – 17 in total – but we’re also housing people accused of other crimes including stalking, breaching restraining orders, harassment and fraud.
The fraud suspects – one male and one female – have told us they’re aged 15 and 16.
They were arrested in the Wren’s Nest area of Dudley today following reports from residents of a group door knocking claiming to be deaf and collecting charity money.
We’re not convinced by their story and we’ll be questioning them about what they were up to in the area.