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Black Country crook nabbed after cops spot cash falling from his pockets
2:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in Local
A BLACK Country pub burglar was nabbed after cops saw a wad of cash fall from his clothes.
Trevor Hollis was told by a judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court he carried out a targeted campaign of raids in Dudley and Stourbridge.
Hollis, aged 32, was jailed for six years after police traced his identity form DNA on a cigarette he left at a crime scene. He was arrested at the New Wellington in Brierley Hill where he was hiding on the premises and police saw a large bundle of £20, £10 and £5 notes fall from his clothes together with a bag containing coins from gaming machines.
Judge Martin Walsh told him: "You entered each of these public houses with the intention of stealing money from machines or cash that could have been left lying around in the till.
"Some of the public houses were occupied while others were empty. If you persist with burgling premises like this the prison sentences are going to get longer and longer."
Edward Soulsby, prosecuting, told the court Hollis burgled the Bramford Arms in Woodsetton and despite being watched on CCTV he got away with two charity boxes and also attempted to smash open the till.
The next target for the burglary was the King William in Pensnett Road, Dudley, where Hollis took £500 from gaming machines while also forcing open the cash box on the pool table.
A raid on The Malt Shovel in Dudley followed where Hollis stole £600 from gaming machines and he also took a large glass jar containing £100 that had been collected for charity.
Hollis pleaded guilty to the six burglaries and also raiding the pub area of the Painters Arms pub in Coseley with an accomplice and stealing £100.
He denied a separate charge of burgling the upstairs private area of the Painters Arms but he was convicted by a jury at the end of his trial.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Hollis of Cheshire Street, Market Drayton had a criminal record going back to 1998 for crimes including burglary and possessing drugs.