Four men have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery following a series of raids at convenience stores across south Staffordshire and neighbouring regions.
All four men will be appearing before magistrates in Cannock, today, Thursday, charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. They are:
Craig Osmund-Smith, aged 40, of Valley Road, Dudley;
Graham Aulton, aged 32, of High Street, Wednesfield;
Stewart Ferguson, aged 34, of Talbot Lane, Millfields, Bilston;
Alan Britton, aged 40, of Duke Street, Wolverhampton.
The four were arrested on Tuesday as part of a regional operation involving officers and staff from several forces (Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia) and partner organisations (including the National Crime Agency and Central Motorway Policing Group).
They are charged in connection with seven robberies on convenience stores where cash and cigarettes were amongst the items stolen. The seven robberies took place at:
Sep 9: Tesco Express, Bilbrook Road, Codsall;
Sep 15: Tesco Express, Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton;
Sep 21: Spar Stores, Windmill Bank, Wombourne;
Sep 26: Co-op, Wolverhampton Road, Penkridge;
Oct 11: Sainsbury’s Local, Louise Street, Gornall;
Oct 16: Spar, Bayston Hill, Shewsbury;
Oct 23: One Stop, Ashmore Park, Wolverhampton.