A man has been handed a four-year jail sentence in connection with a knife point robbery at a petrol station in St Albans.
Matthew Woods, aged 23, from Hamilton Road in Barnet, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Monday (November 15), after pleading guilty to robbery, possession of a bladed article, breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order and possession of cannabis.
Shortly after 9.10pm on Saturday, September 4, Woods entered the Esso garage on London Road and demanded that a female member of staff open the till, before producing a six-to-eight-inch meat cleaver. He took cash and left the garage.
An investigation was launched, Woods was identified as the suspect and arrested in Gloucester last month.
He was charged and remanded into custody before his court appearance.
Investigator Jacob Smith from the St Albans Local Crime Unit, who led the investigation, said: “Thankfully no one was hurt during the incident but this was, understandably, a very frightening ordeal for staff.
“I’m pleased that Woods is now off the streets and I hope this serves as a warning to anyone involved in criminality that we will do whatever it takes to track offenders down and bring them to justice, especially those who endanger others by carrying weapons.”