Sheffield robber jailed for over five years

Date published: 07 August 2020 07:48
Dated: 07 August 2020 08:42:57
A man has been jailed for over half a decade after admitting to stealing from a Sheffield store and assaulting the owner in the process.

Ashley Stocks, 31, of no fixed abode entered the Premier Store on Nodder Road on 26 November last year, hoping to return some beer which appeared to have been tampered with in exchange for cash. After this was refused, Stocks threw a full crate of beer at the owner of the store, before assaulting him outside. Stocks then re-entered the premises and took bottles of vodka and the full till tray containing £300.

Stocks was quickly identified by CCTV and nearby witnesses and arrested by police a few days later, on 1 December.

DC Ryan Griffiths, investigating, said: “This robbery saw an innocent member of the public attacked through absolutely no fault of his own. The man was very lucky to escape serious injury after he was subjected to a prolonged assault by Stocks, during which, on CCTV, members of the public begged him to stop.

“While the victim was still laid on the pavement outside, Stocks then went on to take what he wanted. It’s thanks to support from witnesses and excellent CCTV that we were able to identify him quickly.

“We work hard to tackle burglary and robbery offences here in South Yorkshire and I hope Stocks’ sentence sends out a strong message that offenders who commit such crimes will be identified and brought to justice.”

Stocks, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to robbery.  He was sentenced to five years four months by Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 3 August.
Ashley Stocks

Ashley Stocks

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