Scarborough robber who punched OAP and stole his wallet is locked up
A Scarborough robber who punched a pensioner to the ground and stole his wallet so he could buy alcohol has been jailed.
Steven Milner, of Eastfield, attacked the 70-year-old victim in broad daylight in Westwood last month.
He then ripped the wallet from the pensioner's jacket, using so much force that he walked off with the wallet and torn jacket in his hand.
The victim was left very shaken as Milner fled and used his bank card to buy alcohol.
Local officers recognised Milner from a description and located and arrested him less than 40 minutes after the incident.
They worked with detectives at Scarborough CID to piece together damning CCTV evidence that linked Milner to the offences.
He denied everything in a police interview, blaming a fictitious male as handing him the victims property minutes after the robbery.
But Milner, 51, pleaded guilty to robbery and fraud and was jailed for four years and nine months by a judge at York Crown Court last week.
After the sentencing, Detective Constable Nick Burton of Scarborough CID said: “This was a vicious but cowardly robbery which would have been extremely distressing for the victim.
"But swift police work and a detailed investigation that linked Milner to the crime means another robber has been taken off our streets and our communities are safer as a result.”