TWO men have been jailed for a burglary spree at pubs and DIY businesses in Coventry, the Black Country and Worcestershire.
David Hodges and Noel Lacey’s arrests and charges followed a painstaking investigation by South Worcestershire Police’s Proactive CID Unit which worked with West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police’s specialist traffic and intelligence officers.
All the burglaries took place between July and September.
Hodges, 41, from Birmingham, was charged for burglaries at The Phantom Coach pub in Coventry, Travis Perkins and Jewsons in Bromsgrove, The Stag and Three Horseshoes, Halesowen, The Bulls Head, Oldbury, The Toby Jug, Rubery, and The Castle Pub, Droitwich.
Lacey, 46, also from Birmingham, was charged with The Bulls Head, The Toby Jug, The Phantom Coach Pub, and The Castle burglaries.
Both were charged with taking a vehicle without consent and Hodges was also charged with other motoring offences.
Lacey received 32 months in prison and Hodges was handed four years.
Detectives worked long hours to secure the charges and convictions.
Det Insp Dave Knight of West Mercia Police said: “This series of burglaries in the Midlands area has brought heartache and serious disruption to a number of businesses.
“This has been exacerbated by the pressure these businesses are already feeling at the minute due to Covid.”