These are the shocking moments a prolific armed gang stormed a shop and burst through security gates in a string of chilling raids.
Over a six-month period, the brazen burglary gang targeted homes, shops, pubs and even a bingo hall.
Dramatic CCTV footage released by West Midlands Police captures the moment the gang smashed through electric security gates outside one home and stormed a shop wielding a firearm and machete, Birmingham Live reports.
You can watch the shocking footage above.
Led by father and son Nicky and Corey Rothero, the gang of five were responsible for multiple armed robberies across the West Midlands between October 2018 and February 2019.
Ex-Birmingham City and current Leicester football player Demarai Gray’s luxury home was even targeted in one robbery.
The Premier League player’s girlfriend and six-week-old baby had been at home asleep when their Barnt Green mansion was burgled by the gang – one of whom was wielding a machete.
They escaped with a Rolex and £24k-worth of cash and jewellery in the sickening armed robbery, which left Gray’s partner Emma Hickman ‘petrified’ and too scared to stay at the address.
The gang can now be pictured for the first time after they were jailed for almost 100 years for the offences.
Their victims came face-to-face with masked raiders armed with guns, machetes and knives and many later revealed they feared for their lives.
Police arrested the Rotheros alongside accomplices Aaron Jones and Tyler Greenway from a stolen VW Golf on April 11, the day after a burglary in Clent.
Surveillance officers earlier watched them visit a shop in the Jewellery Quarter where they tried pawning stolen jewellery.
A jewellery box was found in the Golf’s passenger door pocket which contained letters written by the victim’s children to the Tooth Fairy – and when examined returned a fingerprint hit to 19-year-old Corey.
Nicky Rothero, 35, from Austin Rise, Longbridge, and Corey Rothero from Borrowdale Road, Northfield, were jailed for 24 and 15 years respectively having admitted conspiracy to rob, burgle and steal.
Jones, 28 – half-brother of Nicky Rothero and uncle to Corey – formerly of Stilthouse Grove, Northfield, was jailed for 27 years, while 19-year-old Tyler Greenway from Vineyard Road, Northfield, was given a 15-year term.
They’d admitted conspiracy to burgle and steal but denied involvement in the robberies. However, a jury found them guilty following a seven-week trial.
Darren Sadler, 41, from Dunbar Close, Bartley Green, had already been jailed for 10 years eight months having been caught during a phone shop robbery. He was given an extra four years after admitting his role in six other commercial robberies.
The Rotheros, Jones and Sadler started their crime spree on 18 October 2018 when they held up a One Stop shop in Bristol Road South, Northfield, with knives and forced staff to open a cash machine.
They replicated the raid at three more One Stop stores and also struck at the Barnt Green pub in Rednal on November 5 when they grabbed takings.
On December 2 they threatened to stab staff at the EE phone shop in Bristol Road North before loading £60,000 worth of mobiles into a builder’s sack.
Two weeks later they took a cash drawer from Buzz Bingo in Rubery.
But the crooked quartet came unstuck on January 22, 2019 during a robbery at Carphone Warehouse in Longbridge.
Plain clothes officers were on duty nearby and rushed to the scene as brave passers-by helped detain Sadler. He was arrested from behind the wheel of their getaway car stolen eight days earlier in Halesowen.
The other three managed to flee – one of them encouraging an armed accomplice to “f***ing stab them” – but their days on the run were numbered.
The gang recruited Tyler Greenway to fill the void left by Sadler’s capture and went on to commit five home invasions.
They also attacked security guards as they arrived to fill up an ATM machine in Frankley Beeches Road, Northfield, on March 8.
On that occasion they threatened to shoot the guards – with Nicky Rothero cocking his pistol several times and warning “I’m not joking” – before they made off with two cash boxes.
The gang committed what turned out to be their final robbery – at a rural barn conversion in Stoney Lane, Bromsgrove, on April 4 – when a family was confronted by Jones armed with a sawn-off shotgun.
Following the arrests, police executed warrants at the homes of both Rotheros.
Officers found nine designer watches – including Armani and Tissot – in Nicky’s bedroom drawers plus a decoder key used to steal vehicles, and a hunting knife used in several of the robberies.
And at Rothero junior’s home, officers recovered receipts in his name for pawned jewellery, including cash payments of £449 and £1,100 for two gold rings and another for £1,500. Balaclavas were also seized from his home.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Halford from West Midlands Police’s Force Priorities Team, said: “This was a ruthless band of men driven by greed. They used extreme violence to rob commercial premises and residential homes, assaulting victims and threatening to use knives and firearms.
“They struck at family homes, ones they suspected were affluent, at times when people were sitting down to dinner or caring for children. Their actions caused immeasurable distress to the victims and their families.
“We identified the group through forensic evidence we found DNA at some attacked premises – and extensive analysis of phone communication.
“We’ve taken some very dangerous men off the streets and they have rightly been jailed for a long period of time.”