7th Mar, 2021

Man who robbed Coventry pharmacy with a carving knife is jailed for more than five years

A MAN who robbed a pharmacy with a carving knife, threatening staff and demanding drugs and cash has been jailed for more than five years.

CCTV footage linked Jason Bassett to the crime at Boots in Stoney Stanton Road on November 24.

Bassett was wearing a distinctive black and white top and a red hat as he burst into the store and raided it.

The items of clothing were found two days later at his home – which was just yards away from the pharmacy.

The 49-year-old brandished the weapon at two female staff in a bid to get them to open a drugs cabinet and hand over their personal belongings.

When they bravely told him they were all locked away he snatched £100 from the till and fled.

On December 23, Bassett pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a knife.

He was remanded in custody and today he was jailed for five years and four months at Warwick Crown Court.

DC Mike Bray from West Midlands Police CID, said: “This is a great example of meticulous police work which has seen a criminal, who was prepared to threaten hardworking pharmacy staff with a knife, taken off the streets and brought to justice within two months of his crime.”



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