Two thugs who left a Sheffield pensioner black and blue after knocking him to the ground in a robbery have been jailed.
Brett Nadin, aged 27, and 26-year-old Joel Hodson, stole £40 from their 75-year-old victim after spotting him alone on High Street, Beighton.
Sheffield Crown Court heard they had stolen a Fiat Scudo van from Halfway, Sheffield, and were driving around the city looking for bikes to steal when they spotted their elderly victim, a grandfather.
However, after driving off from the robbery, Nadin, of no fixed abode, and Hodson, of Garland Mount, Westfield, Sheffield, broke down.
They then tried to steal a set of keys from a 23-year-old man parking his car on Rodger Road, Woodhouse.
However, they were forced to flee on foot when their second victim’s father intervened.
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.
They were each jailed for five years after admitting robbery, attempted robbery and taking without lawful authority when they appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.
Detective Constable Russ Simpson said: “There is no doubt they targeted the gentleman they robbed – they drove past him, identified that he was on his own, pulled up and ran across to where he was to assault and rob him.
“Their victim’s eyes were black afterwards and there was some blood but he has thankfully made a full recovery.
“These two were out looking to commit crime that day.
“Anybody who thinks they can get away with this kind of offending needs to think very very carefully – South Yorkshire Police will pursue the evidence whatever the time, effort and cost.
“We will always do everything possible to bring offenders to justice and I hope these results will be a warning.
“These convictions are a result of a concerted team effort from all involved.”