A MASKED burglar who raided a Worcester home suffers from ADHD and is 'vulnerable' while another turned to crime to provide money for his family, a court heard.

We reported this week how a gang of balaclava-clad brothers burgled a Worcester home while a couple was asleep inside, stole their car keys and drove off in two expensive cars.

Brothers Shaun Cooper, Oliver Cooper and Lee Cooper together with another accomplice, Benjamin Wilson, were all jailed at Worcester Crown Court on Monday after admitting the 'professional' car key burglary.

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The mother of the three brothers, who appeared at court to support them, was said by their defence advocate to be 'concerned about all of them' with Lee being particularly susceptible to the influence of criminals.

In mitigation Joseph Keating, for all defendants, described why they had committed the burglary and provided a background to the raid, described as part of 'a spree' by Giles Nelson who prosecuted the case.

Mr Keating said of Shaun Cooper: "This will be his first taste of custody."

He described the 'semi-professional boxer' as as 'hard-working and thoughtful' who carried out work as a landscape gardener for his father.

"The thought of having to serve this sentence fills him with dread" he said.

On behalf of Oliver Cooper he said his client had completed 11 courses while on remand and had 'no nickings (adjudications) and no fights' while in prison and tests showed he was clear of drugs.

Lee Cooper had committed three burglaries but was not a three striker (which would have made him eligible for a longer sentence) because the break-ins began when he was still a youth.

He was more heavily convicted than the others but had been diagnosed with ADHD Mr Keating. He was 17 at the time of the raid in Worcester.

"He's someone who could be said to be vulnerable and more influenced by those around him" said Mr Keating.

He said of Wilson that he 'had no money and no work' and once his tag as removed he had 'no address to live at' and 'no plan'.

"He was struggling to provide any money to support his ex-partner and the mother of his child" said Mr Keating. He had appealed against his previous sentence for burglary and lost that appeal the court heard.

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The four men, who hoped to make 'easy money' out of the raid, all admitted burglary at the home in Cartwright Avenue, Worcester, on September 28 last year and theft of a BMW and Mercedes, the stolen cars driven off from the house in convoy.

Wilson admitted a further charge of handling a stolen £52,000 Audi which he crashed, leaving his DNA on the airbag which allowed police to trace him.

Lee Cooper, aged 18, of the Youth Custody Centre at Werrington Young Offender Institution, Oliver Cooper, aged 19, of the young offender institution at HMP Featherstone and Shaun Cooper, aged 20 of Sandon Road, Birmingham and Benjamin Wilson, aged 24, of HMP Hewell appeared together in the dock.

The gang stole two sets of car keys from a handbag and stole a BMW valued at between £10,000 and £15,000 and the Mercedes valued at between £15,000 and £18,000.

Mr Nelson said an address in Dale Road, Selly Oak was already under police observation at the time of the Worcester burglary.

The Mercedes was recovered on October 3 on cloned plates when Wilson, Oliver and Lee Cooper were arrested at the scene of another burglary. The BMW was never recovered.

Mr Nelson said the circumstances of this arrest were 'not dissimilar to this (the Worcester case) in that they were in balaclavas', an offence for which they were all serving custodial sentences. Shaun Cooper was not involved in that attempted burglary.

A car key burglary took place in Cavendish Close, Marlbrook, Bromsgrove involved the theft of an Audi S Line worth £52,000 at 3.45am on September 9 last year. Again the homeowners were present, considered an aggravating feature of the case.

The evening of the same day the Audi was involved in a chase, crashed and the airbag was deployed. Wilson was identified from DNA left on the airbag but declined to be interviewed by police.

This was the subject of the handling charge against Wilson alone.

Joseph Keating, for all four defendants, said: "It was an opportunity for them to make easy money."

Judge Robert Juckes QC jailed Wilson for 36 months and the Cooper brothers for 30 months each. For those already in prison these new prison sentences will be concurrent to the ones they are already serving.

They must also all pay a £170 victim surcharge.