Birmingham & Black Country

Dudley lorry driver death raid gang jailed

Anthony Kennedy, Phillip Harthill, Daniel Knight, Neino Scarrett, Glen Garner, Martin Payne, Robert Warren and Craig Street
Image caption The gang attacked the lorry while the driver was still inside, police said

Nine robbers have been jailed for the theft of televisions from a lorry driver who was found dead by the side of a Black Country road.

The body of Bogdan Bartczak, 57, was found in Vale Road, Dudley, on 1 November, 2010.

His lorry, containing LG television sets, was found stripped of its contents in West Bromwich later the same day.

The gang admitted charges including robbery and handling stolen goods.

A post mortem failed to determine the cause of Mr Bartczak's death, but police said it was treated as a suspected heart attack.

His lorry was found on the Vectra Industrial Estate in Hill Top, West Bromwich.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday:

  • Anthony Kennedy, 30, from Tipton, was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbery and handling stolen goods.
  • Phillip Harthill, 32, from West Bromwich, was sentenced to eight years in prison for robbery and burglary.
  • Daniel Knight, 29, from Tipton, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery and and handling stolen goods.
  • Neino Scarrett, 24, from Dudley, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery and handling stolen goods.
  • Glen Garner, 25, from West Bromwich was sentenced to six years and six months in prison for robbery and burglary.
  • Martin Payne, 32, from Oldbury, West Midlands, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for burglary, which will run consecutive to another earlier burglary sentence, meaning a total of four years and three months in jail.
  • Robert Warren, 34, from Quinton, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted theft and assisting offenders.
  • Craig Street, 49, from Walsall, was sentenced to 16 months in prison for handling stolen goods.
  • A 17-year-old youth from Dudley, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a two-year detention and training order for robbery and handling stolen goods.

Speaking after the sentence, Det Supt Richard Baker of West Midlands Police, said: "The gang have attacked the lorry wile Mr Bartczak was inside and taken the vehicle and its load.

"We don't know exactly when Mr Bartczak died, and sadly we will probably never know the full details of what took place.

"This was an incredibly organised robbery. It is satisfying that they are now off the streets and serving significant sentences for this appalling crime."

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