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Pair jailed over pensioner robbery following prompt WMP arrests

Two thieves who forced their way into an 89-year-old man’s home during a robbery have been jailed - after West Midlands Police officers tracked them down within hours.

John Palmer and Gillian Boyle targeted the pensioner’s property off Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, in the early hours of Saturday 19 January. 

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The victim answered the door to Boyle and her accomplice Palmer then forced his way into the house; putting his hand across the elderly man’s mouth.

Boyle then carried out a search of the address, swiping cash and a mobile phone, before the pair made their escape.

Officers attended the scene and quick time enquiries identified the duo as prime suspects. They were both promptly traced and arrested within just over 12 hours of the offence. 

Palmer, aged 52, of Dickens Road, The Scotlands, and Boyle, 47, of Newhampton Road West, Whitmore Reans, were both convicted of robbery following a trial. They were each jailed for six years and nine months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday (7 June).

DC Claire Gibbons, from force CID in Wolverhampton, said: "These heartless criminals had no hesitation in leaving an elderly man scared for his life in his own home.

"He struggled to breathe as a hand was placed over his mouth and then had to watch while his property was searched for money.

"Following quick time enquiries we were able to identify Palmer and Boyle as the robbers and promptly arrest them. They are now off the streets and unable to target anyone else after losing their freedom for a number of years." 
 

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