Two jailed after armed robbery at Birmingham recording studio

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Two people have been jailed after an armed robbery at a Birmingham recording studio.

Anna Sobczak and Pawel Sampolski

Anna Sobczak and Pawel Sampolski

Anna Sobczak, 36, of Cambridge Way in Birmingham, was convicted after a three day trial, while Pawel Sampolski, 32, of Marsh Hill in Erdington, had pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and firearms offences.

They were sentenced to nine years and 11-and-a-half years in prison respectively after the robbery at the studio in Barr Street, Hockley, on 30th April.

Two people were hit with a gun and threatened during the raid, while the firearm also went off during a struggle.

DC Mark Timmins said: “This was a really nasty robbery where a disproportionate level of violence was used.

The gun carried during the Hockley armed robbery

The gun carried during the Hockley armed robbery

“We recovered the gun, which was left at the scene and found it was a live firearm containing five rounds and one spent casing. We believe the gun may have misfired which demonstrates just how dangerous it is to carry a weapon like this.

“It was an extremely traumatic experience for the victims and I hope these sentences offer some comfort to them.”

Sampolski, Sobczak and another offender – who is still on the run – were captured on CCTV ahead of the raid.

Sobczak, who was wearing the same clothes as in the CCTV when police visited her home, claimed she had been approached by two men who asked for a lift and offered to pay her petrol money. She claimed she had not been part of any crime.

Sampolski was arrested several months later at Luton Airport trying to leave the country.

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