Brothers jailed for ram raid on Co-op store and violent spree

Adam Lewis (left) and Matthew Sherry (right) NNL-150114-105142001
Adam Lewis (left) and Matthew Sherry (right) NNL-150114-105142001

Two brothers have been jailed for a combined total of almost 14 years after they ram raided a Brackley Co-op during a violent crime spree.

Both men pleaded guilty to the burglary after they reversed a Honda 4x4 into the front of the store in Brackley in September then ran in with large carrier bags and forced open the cigarette booth, stealing up to £6,000 worth of products.

Adam Lewis, 27, address unknown, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison after he organised the burglary, drove the Honda into the store and then attacked a passer-by, causing him serious facial injuries, before stealing the victim’s girlfriend’s car.

He was also banned from driving for seven years after he drove the second stolen car dangerously, crashing into several cars – including a police car – speeding and driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

Lewis’ brother Matthew Sherry, aged 31, of Bretch Hill, Banbury, was given a prison sentence of five years and four months for his involvement in the ram raid, which was committed while he was on a conditional discharge for shoplifting.

Northampton Crown Court heard how a resident, woken by the crash, took the keys from the car.

When Lewis realised the keys had gone, he approached a different passer-by and punched him in the mouth, knocking him to the floor. He then kicked the victim in the face before “wrestling” car keys belonging to his girlfriend from her and stealing her Mini Cooper.

Police arrived as the pair tried to make their escape and Lewis reversed into their car crashed into three other cars before driving away.

He was described as “driving dangerously”, swerving around lorries and speeding until he was stopped by police stingers and arrested.