A man has been jailed after being found guilty of three knife-point robberies at a Kings Norton cash point.
The three robberies took place at the Lloyds TSB cash machine at The Green in Kings Norton on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April. Craig Berrey, 36 from Northampton, was jailed for seven years and four months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (30th August).
On 1st April, Berrey held a knife to the throat of a 25 year old woman and demanded she hand over the £60 she had just withdrawn from the machine. The following day, he targeted a 38 year old woman at the cashpoint with her daughter, stealing £20.
A man in his sixties was the intended victim on April 3rd but police had been alerted by a 999 call to him acting suspiciously close to the ATM and swooped just as Berrey grabbed the man. Berrey fled the scene but after a short chase police detained him nearby.
Detective Constable Darran Ford, from Birmingham South CID, said: “We are satisfied with the sentence which will protect others from becoming one of his victims.
“Although none of his victims were injured they were all extremely shaken after having a knife held to their throats. It will have a lasting effect on them but hopefully today’s verdict will bring them some comfort.
“Across Birmingham South we are working to tackle knife crime and reported offences are down from 227 in 2011/12 to 164 in 2012/13*. The simple message is that knives have no place on our streets.
“We would remind everyone to always be aware of their surroundings while using cash points and contact police if they are aware of anyone acting suspiciously.”
For information and advice about staying safe while out visit www.safer-streets.org.uk