Attacker threatened cabbie with a screwdriver
A 27 year old man has been jailed for over five years after threatening a taxi driver with a screwdriver before robbing him.
On the evening of Monday 15 April, Arron Hammond got into a taxi in the Shiregreen area, asking the driver to take him to Dykes Hall Road. Shortly after, Hammond threatened the taxi driver.
Detective Constable Matt Welsh said: “Soon after Hammond got into the taxi, he pulled out a screwdriver and began threatening the man driving. He demanded that he handed cash over, whilst pointing the weapon at him.
“He fled the taxi, taking with him about £150 in cash and thankfully the driver was not injured. Thanks to the driver reporting the incident so quickly we were able to identify Hammond quickly too, through phone work and his phone records.
“He was arrested, charged and remanded into custody just three days later.”
Hammond appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 19 September where he pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for a total of five years and four months.
DC Welsh added: “This was a traumatic and distressing incident for the driver of the taxi and I’d like to praise him in coming forward and speaking to us. We need taxi drivers to report anything like this, so that we can act on it efficiently and identify those involved.
“I’m pleased that Hammond admitted his guilt and is now serving a substantial sentence for his crime.”