A 28-YEAR-OLD man is today behind bars after being found in possession of an imitation firearm in Tean.
Nadeem Mohammed has been jailed for nine years and six months after he admitted conspiring to commit robbery and committing an indictable offence while in possession of an imitation firearm.
Stoke on Trent Crown Court heard that he was arrested in January as part of an investigation into an incident in Gorsty Hill, Tean.
This was reported to have happened in the village at around 8.20pm on Thursday, November 28 last year.
Four people are believed to be responsible for the crime where police were called after four masked men attempted to break into a house.
The householder was able to defend himself against the masked men and the offenders made off.
Mohammed was arrested in the Stoke-on-Trent area on Friday, January 3 along with a second man, a 25-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent.
At the time of the arrest the second man was bailed pending further inquiries.
In addition to the defendant, of Hose Street, Stoke-on-Trent, who appeared before the judge on Friday, it was revealed that the other man who was also arrested was later released without charge due to insufficient evidence.
Police have revealed that two further suspects remain outstanding.
After the attempted break-in detectives carried out a ‘detailed and thorough investigation’ into the incident.
Detective Chief Inspector Darren Harding, of the Major Investigation Department, told the Post and Times that this sentence send out a very clear message to would-be criminals about what will happen if they commit this kind of crime.
He said: “We welcome this result which sends out a clear message - serious crimes of this nature will not be tolerated in Staffordshire.
“Thankfully, incidents like this are very rare in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Staffordshire as a county.
“This significant sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences committed and follows a very detailed investigation.”