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‘TERRIFYING ORDEAL’: Two jailed after knifepoint robbery of taxi driver


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A woman and a man have been jailed after a knifepoint robbery of a taxi driver in Milton Keynes following a Thames Valley Police investigation.


Stacey Theobald, aged 34, was sentenced to six years in prison at Amersham Crown Court on Friday.

A jury found Theobald guilty of one count each of robbery, possession of a bladed article in a public place, and breaching a criminal behaviour order, as well as two counts of assault on an emergency worker on 27 June after a six-day trial at the same court.


Charlie Scheel-Kruger, aged 29, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison at the hearing on Friday. He pleaded guilty to one count of robbery at the hearing on 27 June.


On 29 July 2021, a taxi driver, a man in his sixties, picked up Theobald, Scheel-Kruger and another woman in Swindon Court, Heelands, and took them to Sandy Close, Great Linford.


When they arrived at around 3.30pm, Theobald threatened the driver with a knife while demanding money from him.


Scheel-Kruger then searched the centre console, stealing a small amount of cash and the victim’s taxi ID badge before they all made off. No one was injured.


At around 10.10am on 30 July 2021, officers attended Theobald’s address in Sandy Close, Great Linford, to arrest her for the robbery the day before and she picked up a hammer and threatened the officers. Again, no one was injured and officers arrested Theobald as well as Scheel-Kruger.


Officers took Theobald to Milton Keynes University Hospital when she said she was unwell. Between 30 July and 2 August 2021, she caused damage to hospital property and threw a packet of clinical wipes at a member of hospital staff, breaching a criminal behaviour order.


The order was made by Aylesbury Crown Court on 11 May 2021 for racially aggravated disorderly behaviour at the same hospital, which remains in force for five years.


Theobald and Scheel-Kruger were charged on 28 July 2021.


Investigating officer Detective Constable Lisa McKinley said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the taxi driver so I am satisfied that Stacey Theobald and Charlie Scheel-Kruger have been brought to justice.


“I hope this result gives a message to others that we will look to investigate those willing to partake in this level of crime and put them before the courts.”

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