A MAN has admitted conspiracy to rob two Co-op stores in Burton – part of a crime spree involving supermarkets across the Midlands.
Amandeep Singh was due to stand trial at Stafford Crown Court, but pleaded guilty beforehand.
He had been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to 15 raids during a 10-month period last year.
The 25-year-old was caught by Staffordshire Police after targeting the Co-op in Woods Lane, Stapenhill, on March 7, and the Co-op in Church Hill Street, Winshill, on June 15, both last year.
Singh, of Salisbury Road, Birchfield, Birmingham, will now be sentenced alongside his co-accused Ryan Landon Shaw, 20, of Sedgebourne Way, in Northfield, Birmingham, who previously admitted nine offences of conspiracy to rob, and Jani Joseph Wright, 25, of Conybere Street, Birmingham, who previously admitted 10 offences of conspiracy to rob.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “All three men were charged in connection with 15 robberies at Co-op stores across the Midlands during a ten-month period last year.
“Shaw and Wright were arrested in Bridgnorth on October 31, 2012. Singh was arrested the following day, November 1, in Bartley Green, Birmingham.
“The arrests were part of a regional investigation into the robberies, led by Staffordshire Police, under the Operation Viper banner.
“All four forces of the West Midlands region (Staffordshire, West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police forces), supported by the Regional Intelligence Unit, collaborate to target those individuals and groups causing significant harm across the area.”
The trio are all due to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Monday, December 2.
At the time, Staffordshire Police said ‘no weapons’ had been used in either of the Burton raids.
While these two cases have been solved, police are still hunting an armed robber who hit the Co-op store in Stanton Road on Thursday, January 12 last year.
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.