Two burglars who stole three cars during a crimeswave have been jailed for a total of six years.

Raheem Khan and Ryan Reynolds targeted homes in Halesowen, Rowley Regis and Tipton in April.

The pair stole a Mercedes, BMW 5 Series and Ford Transit and were caught after an eagle eyed member of the public became suspicious of their activity.

Officers were called to Bournes Hill, Halesowen, after the stolen BMW had been parked up. The pair tried to flee the scene in a taxi they were caught.

A detailed police investigation into phone records helped connect them to the three crimes.

Khan, aged 19, from New John Street, Halesowen and Reynolds, 20, of Meadow Road, Halesowen, admitted the burglaries.

They were sentenced to three years in custody each at Wolverhampton Crown Court on September 12.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged with one count of burglary but failed to attend court for sentencing. He has since been arrested and remanded for sentencing at a later date.

DC John Marsh, from Force CID, said: “These burglars were striking almost every day but we were able to nip this in the bud to prevent further offences.

“We know how distressing it can be to fall victim of burglary but, with the help of the member of the public who called in with suspicions, these men are now behind bars to stop them targeting others again.

“To avoid ‘lock-snapping’ offences we would urge people to review the security of their homes and where possible invest in ‘anti-snap’ door locks. We also ask people to consider where items such as car keys are stored overnight.”