Man who approached woman for £2 smashes into her car and steals phone and pacemaker
Written by The Newsroom on August 19, 2019
A man smashed into a woman’s car on a busy city centre street after asking her for cash – and he stole her phone and pacemaker.
Gary Shaw has been handed a suspended prison term following the incident in Hanley, Staffordshire.
The incident happened on Eaton Street.
The 37-year-old smashed his way into the woman’s car and stole a bag containing her phone and pacemaker.
It came moments after approaching her and asking for £2, reports StokeonTrentLive .
And the victim later gave chase having spotted the 37-year-old appearing out of a house on the street where the incident took place.
But Shaw, who has 37 previous convictions, evaded the woman by scaling a fence before going on to use one of her bank cards in different shops.
Now the defendant has been handed a suspended jail term following the incident.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how the victim had parked her Audi on Eaton Street at around 3.30pm on April 9 having planned to visit a friend.
Lynne Warrington, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was present and there was a brief conversation and he asked if she had £2. She went into her friend’s property. She then heard her car alarm and saw the passenger-side window had been smashed with Shaw running off.
“Two women said they saw him do it and then run off with a bag. The victim could see a brick on the seat of the car.
“Police were contacted and she stayed there. She then saw him come out of a property on Eaton Street with something over his arm. She shouted: ‘Give me my bag back’ and he started to run off.
“She followed him and he jumped over a metal fence but she couldn’t do it because of the clothing she was wearing.”
The victim said her handbag contained an iPhone worth £1,000 along with a Samsung Note, a purse with £36 in cash, earphones worth £160, a pencil case, diary, credit cards – and a pacemaker which she carries due to suffering an irregular heartbeat.
The prosecutor added: “She was worried about not having the pacemaker with her. She says the total cost to her from this has been £2,315.”
Magistrates were told how Shaw also used her bank card in four transactions. The incident is said to have left the victim ‘fearful of her safety’.
Shaw had left blood in the vehicle and was later arrested – he gave ‘no comment’ answers in interview. The defendant, of Renown Close, Eaton Park, went on to plead guilty to theft from a motor vehicle, criminal damage, and fraud by false representation.
Zaine Riaz, mitigating, said: “At the time he had a hectic lifestyle and was mixing with the wrong crowd and he had a drug addiction. He is now in full-time employment and is trying to prove he can rehabilitate.”
Magistrates handed Shaw a 12 week prison term, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay £2,155 in compensation to the victim.
Following the sentence he told magistrates: “Thanks for giving me a chance – I am sorry to be in front of you.”
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