Pharmacy robber jailed for more than five years

An armed robber who threatened pharmacy staff with a carving knife as he demanded drugs and cash has been jailed for more than five years after we seized CCTV footage linking him to the crime.

The images showed that Jason Bassett was wearing a distinctive black and white top and a red hat as he carried out the robbery at Boots in Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry on 24 November.  

Jason Bassett
Jason Bassett

We found those items of clothing when we arrested him two days later at his home just yards away from the pharmacy.

The 49-year-old had brandished the large knife at two women staff as he demanded they open a drugs cabinet and hand over their personal belongings. But when they bravely told him they were all locked away, he instead snatched £100 from the till.

Bassett, of Stoney Stanton Road, pleaded guilty on 23 December to robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a knife and was remanded in custody for sentence.

Today (21 January) he was jailed for five years and four months at Warwick Crown Court.

DC Mike Bray from force 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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