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Brothers jailed for total of 25 years after cash robberies

Shani Ebanks (left) will serve 12 years. Simeon Ebanks (right) will serve 13 years. Photo: West Midlands Police

Two brothers who violently robbed two security men delivering cash to post offices in Birmingham have been jailed after stealing more than £45,000.

Shani and Simeon Ebanks pleaded not guilty to the robberies, which occurred in September 2016 and the case went to trial on Tuesday 24 October.

The first incident happened on Wednesday 14 September at Summerfield Post Office on Dudley Road in Winson Green.

The brothers threatened the cash-in-transit deliveryman with a knife and stole £26,000 cash in a security box.

Eight days later the same pair robbed another cash-in-transit driver as he was carrying a security box containing £21,000 into the Kingstanding Circle Post Office on Thursday 22 September.

The brothers made off from the second robbery in a blue Ford Focus which was later discovered to be stolen. They were seen using a sledgehammer to smash open the security cashbox in nearby Netherhouse Close, Kingstanding. They then got into a black Peugeot 206 and left.

CCTV footage captured the pair as they stole the security box in the Post Office on Dudley Road Credit: West Midlands Police

The pair were caught after police discovered the abandoned Ford Focus which was stained with a purple dye released from the security box.

Shani Ebanks’ black Peugeot 206 was found shortly after parked outside Simeon’s home in Winson Green. Officers discovered the distinctive purple security dye on one of the doors and inside on a car mat.

Following two months of extensive detective work, officers were able to arrest and charge the brothers with robbery.

Both were found guilty following a two week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Simeon Ebanks, aged 25 from Clinton Street, Winson Green, received a 13-year-prison sentence.

Shani Ebanks, aged 27 from Maria Drive, West Bromwich, was ordered to serve 12 years.

Detective Constable Max Gebhard, from the Force Priorities Team, said:

What we have here is a highly-organised duo who were professional in the execution of these robberies.

They had made extensive plans to try and cover their tracks; both wore masks, they obtained new mobile phones and changed their clothing and footwear.

Their actions left both deliverymen and other staff extremely shaken and distressed.

– Detective Constable Max Gebhard, West Midlands Police