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Jail for pair who ripped necklaces from women in Lichfield and Burntwood

Two men who ripped jewellery from women in the street in Lichfield and Burntwood have been jailed.

Joshua Bluck and Cameron Ball

Joshua Bluck and Cameron Ball

Joshua Bluck, 25, of Peolsford Road in Pelsall, and Cameron Ball, now aged 17 and of no fixed abode, were given sentences of 12 years and seven years respectively after committing six robberies in just a matter of hours on September 29, 2016.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Bluck – who had pleaded not guilty – drove a blue Audi A3 with Ball, who admitted the charge, as his passenger.

The pair had ripped a £420 necklace from a 56-year-old woman on her lunch break in Lichfield, while a £100 necklace was taken from a 77-year-old woman walking in Burntwood.

Other offences included the theft of jewellery from a 70-year-old woman on a mobility scooter in Norton Canes and the theft of three necklaces from women in Walsall, including one who was blind and waiting in a vets with her guide dog.

When police pulled over the vehicle Ball ran off before later being arrested. The stolen jewellery was found inside Bluck’s boxer shorts.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Berlin said: “These crimes against mature vulnerable women in the street, one with mobility problems, one who is blind, are utterly sickening and caused the blind lady to suffer a heart attack.

“You both attacked these women to feed your greed and you didn’t care about the hurt and misery you left in your wake.

“You are both in my opinion dangerous men.”

Detective constable Paul Sims, of Staffordshire Police, said the streets would be safer with the pair behind bars.

“These were serious cowardly offences committed against lone women in broad daylight,” he said. “Ball approached these women, some from behind and ripped off their necklaces. In one attack he put the victim in a headlock.

“I know from the ongoing contact I’ve had with the victims the distress that has been caused. We are glad these sentences have been handed down and these men are now behind bars.”

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