Burglar jailed after knifepoint robbery

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A man has been jailed for 38 months for robbery and burglary.

David Erwin Schmitz, 27, of Bentall Close, Willen, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one count of possession of a bladed article, one count of attempted robbery and one count of burglary when he appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday.

The robbery and possession of a bladed article offences took place on May 12 when Schmitz entered the Esso Garage in Tongwell, with a large kitchen knife and threatened a member of staff. He then jumped over the counter and took money from the till. He then threatened staff with the knife and then left.

He was sentenced to 32 months for robbery and 12 months for possession of a bladed article, to run concurrently.

The attempted robbery offence took place on June 5, when Schmitz approached a 57-year-old woman as she walked from the shops through the Willen Park underpass.

He was riding a bike and grabbed her handbag from behind. As the strap was still on her shoulder it forced her to run alongside until she lost her footing. He then got off his bike telling the victim to let go of her bag but left empty-handed when she screamed for him to leave her alone.

He was sentenced to 18 months for this offence, which will also run concurrently to the previous sentences.

Schmitz also pleaded guilty to a robbery at a house in Downs Barn on May 25, for which he received an additional six months jail to run consecutively, equating to a 38-month sentence in total.