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On a day when people across the region remembered those who died while serving their country, two brothers have been jailed for stealing poppy boxes.
The brothers, 22-year-old Adam Tookey and his older brother Karl, who's 25, were caught on CCTV taking two boxes from hotels in Sandwell and Birmingham City centre.
They were caught after a security guard recognised them from an online police appeal. Chris Halpin reports.
A staff member of a Sandwell hotel from which a Poppy Appeal collection tin was stolen has spoken of the 'embarrassment' of having it taken.
Danny Crompton from the Holiday Inn says they did not think there was a need to secure the tin.
Police have commended a security guard who spotted a pair of brothers who today were jailed for 12 months for stealing Poppy Appeal collection tins in Birmingham and Sandwell.
Adam and Karl Tookey, 22 and 25, were caught on CCTV taking a collection box from the counter of the Holiday Inn in Wolverhampton Road as well as from the Britannia Hotel in Birmingham.
PC Wendy Wright, from Sandwell Police, said: "We acted quickly to release the CCTV images following the thefts and thanks to the sharp eye of a Birmingham security guard the trio were identified.
"It’s also really poignant that they were jailed today, on Armistice Day, just moments after the court held their two-minute silence to remember those who have given their lives for their country."
A pair of brothers who stole Poppy Appeal tins from hotels in Sandwell and Birmingham have been jailed for 12 months on Armistice Day.
Adam and Karl Tookey, 22 and 25, were caught on CCTV taking a collection box from the counter of the Holiday Inn in Wolverhampton Road on Wednesday.
The brothers were also charged with stealing another collection box from the Britannia Hotel in Birmingham on the same day.
They were arrested after a security guard spotted them in New Street, Birmingham, on Saturday.
Appearing at Warley Magistrates Court this morning, the duo both pleaded guilty.
A 22-year-old woman also appeared at the court this morning and denied her involvement.
She was bailed to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 11 Feb 2014.