A man has been jailed for eight years for a cash in transit robbery today, Thursday 6 December at Wood Green Crown Court.
Michael Richards, 51 (21.7.1967) of no fixed abode was charged with one count of robbery. He admitted the offence at Wood Green Crown Court on 20 November and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, with an extended three years on licence, at the same court today.
Police were called to reports of a cash in transit robbery outside a shop on Tottenham High Road, N17 at approximately 11.30am on 27 September.
Whilst a custodian was making a delivery of cash to the store he was approached from behind by Richards who pushed him forcefully to the ground.
Richards, who was wearing dark clothing and a motorcycle crash helmet, picked up the cash box and fled.
The custodian, who suffered a range of injuries during the incident, ran after Richards, as well as three members of the public who witnessed the robbery.
Richards ran towards a black vehicle displaying false number plates but as he did he was caught by the members of the public who attempted to remove him from the vehicle.
During the struggle Richards viciously bit two of the members of public.
The three bystanders managed to detain Richards on the floor, with the help of a fourth member of public, until police arrived.
The cashbox was recovered from the vehicle.
The court heard at the time of the robbery Richards was on a life licence having been released from prison on 14 June 2017.
Detective Constable Kevin Parley from the Met’s Flying Squad said: “I would firstly like to praise the courageous members of the public who intervened and detained Richards while he was attempting to escape.
“They prevented a dangerous criminal from fleeing, and enabled us to detain him in possession of items clearly associated with the robbery. This was pivotal in enabling us to bring this case before the courts so quickly and helped us achieve this sentence for Richards today.
“In the commission of this offence, Richards showed a complete disregard for the law and justice system having only recently been released from a custodial sentence for committing another cash in transit robbery.
“He is a dangerous individual who will now serve a lengthy prison sentence and will no longer be able to blight our communities with his offending.”
+ Two counts of actual bodily harm against members of the public will lie on file