Jail for Sheffield man who brandished knife in armed robbery and burgled home in 48 hour crime spree

A man who brandished a knife in an armed robbery and burgled a home in the space of 48 hours has been jailed for eight years.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 11:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 2:43 pm

Ben Wright, aged 23, of Rodman Street, Woodhouse, was arrested on Sunday, December 15, after a woman dialled 999 to report a man breaking into her home on nearby Station Road.

Wright, who caused substantial damage to the property as he gained entry, was detained by officers.

His arrest led officers to an address in Cross Street, Woodhouse, which had been targeted earlier in the night by a burglar who failed to gain entry.

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Armed robber and burglar, Ben Wright, was jailed in Sheffield

Detectives also linked Wright to an armed robbery two days earlier at a convenience store on Retford Road, Woodhouse Mill, where he had threatened the cashier with a knife while demanding money from the till.

Wright got away with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

Jo Swift, who investigated the case for South Yorkshire Police, said: “Burglary has a lasting impact on victims and this should never be underestimated.

“Nobody should have to be fearful in their own home, or at work and I am glad that in this case the judge has recognised the lasting damage incidents like this can have.

“This investigation moved at pace and I would like to thank victims and witnesses for their continued cooperation which enabled us to get Wright through the courts so quickly.”

Wright was sentenced for burglary, robbery and possession of a bladed article.