Two men have been jailed for a total of 10 years for robbing a Sheffield pensioner of £40 after knocking him to the ground on a city street.
Brett Nadin, aged 27, and Joel Hodson, 26, each received five year sentences after pleading guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and taking without lawful authority.
On the day of the robbery Nadin, of no fixed abode and Hodson, of Garland Mount, Westfield, stole a Fiat Scudo van from Halfway, Sheffield, which they used the van to drive around the Sheffield looking for bikes to steal.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that while scouring the streets they spotted a 75-year-old man walking alone and attacked him - knocking him to the ground and stealing £40 he was carrying.
As they drove off, leaving their victim slumped on the ground, the stolen van developed a mechanical fault so they dumped it and tried to steal a set of keys from a 23-year-old man parking his car on Rodger Road, Woodhouse.
Their second victim’s father intervened and Nadin and Hodson fled empty-handed.
Police officers pieced together the series of incidents and found CCTV footage which captured Nadin and Hodson close to the spot where the pensioner was robbed.
Detective Constable Russ Simpson said: “These convictions are a result of a concerted team effort from all involved.
“Nadin and Hodson targeted a vulnerable, elderly man to steal his money, before then attacking a young man in an attempt to steal his car.
“South Yorkshire Police will always do everything possible to bring offenders to justice and I hope these results will be a warning to anyone who considers committing an offence of this nature.”