A gunman who robbed two supermarkets using a fake firearm was only caught after police realised he used his wife’s car during the robbery.
Police who combed through CCTV footage became suspicious after his wife’s Toyota Yaris was spotted parked close-by during both robberies.
Imran Khan, 40, was detained by police and charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
During one of the robberies Mr Khan pulled the trigger of the fake firearm leading to a loud bang leading the victims to fear for their lives.
In the first robbery, on January 29, he burst into the shop wearing a mask and demanded the store clerk give him all the cash after he pulled out the gun.
The following day he robbed another shop in the same area and this time pulled the trigger, causing a loud bang and a puff of smoke after he was met with resistance from the shop keeper.
A West Midlands Police CID, said: ‘We immediately began a trawl of local CCTV and the suspect was seen making his way to and from each store in a blue Toyota Yaris.’
‘An eagle-eyed officer spotted the vehicle in the Smethwick area and, after further investigation, established it was the car used in the robberies and that it belonged to Mahmood’s wife.’
Mahmood pleaded guilty to two counts to robbery and two counts or possession an an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear at Wolverhampton Crown Court and was jailed for 15 years.