A Lichfield man is among a gang jailed for a series of robberies and burglaries.
Connor Robertson, of Wood End Lane, is one of 14 sentenced for raids believed to have seen property, vehicles and £1million in cash stolen.
The 25-year-old – who went on the run after being charged in 2014 – was jailed for 12 years and six months for conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to steal.
Other members of the gang have also been sentenced:
Among the crimes committed by the gang was a 2013 robbery at the Co-op on Common Lane in Fradley and the HSBC bank on Lichfield Road in Four Oaks in the same year – the latter seeing the gang get away with £700,000.
Robertson later went on to carry out crimes while on bail, including robberies at Co-op in Alrewas and the Muckle Corner Service Station.
Detective Supt Simon Duffy, from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime Department, said the sentencing showed the seriousness of the crimes.
“This is an excellent result and has taken 14 offenders off our streets who between them stole a huge amount of money and property,” he said. “I would like to thank all the victims who supported our investigation.
“Not only did they lose money or property, but some were subjected to horrific ordeals at the hands of these men. They were threatened verbally and physically. It is not what people expect when they are going about their daily business.
“Each of these crimes was extremely well-planned by a team of men who knew exactly what they were doing and were determined to gain as much as possible. They took steps to hide their identities and used vehicles that could not be traced to them.
“But thanks to the hard work and commitment of a dedicated team of officers the crimes of these men were uncovered and they are now paying the price with significant prison terms.”
The court heard that the gang were prepared to threaten violence, use force, and wore balaclavas and wielded crow bars when they committed the crimes. They also tied victims up.
Sentencing the men, HHJ Mark Eades, said: “This was a rampage of multiple offences over much of the Midlands where violence was used, weapons carried and people terrified.
“It was done on a number of occasions which in my experience is extraordinary.”