two West Midlands Police officers were able to identify Miah
Mohammed Miah, aged 28, of Walsall, has been jailed for three years and four years for robbing a woman who had withdrawn some money. The cashpoint robber had targeted her.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that he committed the robbery on the evening of January 31, 2020.
Miah snatched the money before returning to push the 59-year-old woman so that he could grab the money which had fallen on the floor.
He made off with £80 following the robbery near a cashpoint in Bridge Street, in Walsall town centre.
Although he fled, two West Midlands Police officers were able to identify Miah from CCTV.
He was later arrested at his home in Freer Street. Miah pleaded guilty to robbery.
Detective Constable Martin Williams, from force CID, said:
“Miah initially approached his victim for a cigarette lighter and then watched her withdraw cash before making a grab for it.
“He even had the nerve to push her out the way to pick up a few notes which had dropped on the floor after his initial lunge for cash.”
“Miah fled but fortunately some of our eagle-eyed officers recognised him from footage secured from the area.
“He is now behind bars and unable to target others.”
On April 16, 2020, the cashpoint robber was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
There have been numerous cases of criminals targeting and robbing vulnerable victims.
In one case, Salim Amir was jailed for nine years after he robbed a 90-year-old man and conned another man.
On January 12, the elderly man had gone shopping on Stratford Road when Amir offered him some cheap alcohol.
The victim refused but was followed home by Amir who was wearing a hooded top and gloves.
As he was opening his front door, Amir came up behind him and pushed him over.
Amir then grabbed the man by the throat. He took a wallet containing £30 from his jacket pocket and a gold wedding ring from his finger.
Charles Crinion, prosecuting, explained that the ring had been given to the victim by his wife who had died 13 years earlier and was of sentimental value.
The man suffered cuts and bruises.
On October 27, 2018, Amir targeted another man on Stratford Road, who suffered from Parkinson’s and arthritis.
The victim had been at a bus stop when he was robbed and knocked unconscious.
When he woke up, Amir was standing by home and offered to take him home which he agreed to.
However, two days later, Amir went to the man’s address and said his family had been involved in an accident in Milton Keynes and he needed £50.
The victim felt intimidated and gave Amir £45. But he wanted more, they went to a cashpoint together where the victim withdrew and handed over £50.