Till receipt leads police to doorstep robber

A robber who attacked a pensioner on his own doorstep has been jailed for more than four years – after officers tracked him down from a till receipt he dropped at the scene.

Leon Johnson pinned his victim to the floor and landed several blows to the head before taking his wallet in Pool Farm Road, Acocks Green, on 14 December last year.

The victim, aged in his late 70s, suffered cuts to his head and a severely bruised eye socket as Johnson fled with a wallet containing a small amount of cash.

A delivery driver came to the aid of the plucky pensioner who initially tried to chase after the robber despite blood pouring from his wounds.

Officers attended the scene and were able to identify Johnson as a suspect from a Cash Converters receipt he’d dropped during the assault that featured his name.

Following his arrest the 35-year-old claimed he was a good samaritan who had gone to comfort the man after seeing him on the floor covered in blood.

But officers had secured CCTV which exposed his lie and Johnson was jailed for four years and eight weeks after admitting robbery at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (16 January).

Johnson , of Bromyard Road, Hall Green, was already serving a suspended sentence for battery at the time of the crime.

Detective Constable Tom Lyons, from Force CID, said: “This was a particularly traumatic experience for the elderly man who was assaulted for a relatively small amount of gain for Johnson.

“The receipt helped us to identify him quickly and when officers arrived at Johnson ‘s home they found clothing stained with the victim’s blood in his washing machine.

“After examining CCTV footage it became clear his claim of being a ‘good samaritan’ was a complete lie.

“Johnson has shown himself to be dangerous and violent; Birmingham is much safer with him behind bars.”

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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