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PROLIFIC OFFENDER: St Albans man jailed after stealing cash from elderly man at ATM

 Published on: 23rd May 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans man was sentenced to three years and seven months’ imprisonment for robbery at St Albans Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday. May 22).

Gary Jakeman, 34, of no fixed abode but previously from St Albans, was handed the sentence for stealing cash from an elderly man outside Morrisons on Hatfield Road on February 28 last year.

The man, aged in his 80s, was using the ATM and had made three cash withdrawals at 3.25pm.  The court heard that Jakeman was loitering by the cash machine on his bike and tried to put his hand in the victim’s pocket to steal his money.  However, the victim resisted and, as a result of the force used by Jakeman, he was knocked to the ground. Jakeman took £80 as money fell out of the man’s pocket whilst he was on the ground, and cycled away.

Detective Constable Zoe Austwick said: “An impact statement read out on behalf of the victim described how he still feels unsafe to go out on his own, having lost his self-confidence and he has not used a cashpoint machine since. The victim’s physical and emotional wellbeing have been adversely affected by the robbery.

“Jakeman’s prolific offending history was taken into consideration and the fact that this was an acquisitive crime undertaken in order to fund a long-standing drug habit. We have supported the victim and we hope this sentence also reassures the local community.”

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