May 19 2013 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A cashpoint robber who stole £190 from an 81-year-old wheelchair user as she drew money from a bank has been jailed.
Jason Culverhouse, 41, robbed the vulnerable pensioner at Lloyds in Oxlow Lane, Dagenham, on July 24.
Culverhouse, of Rockwell Road, Dagenham, was jailed for 20 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 15.
He pleaded guilty to theft at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on July 25 and was remanded in custody.
Police told how two “hero” bystanders chase Culverhouse in Oxlow Lane and saw him flee in a getaway vehicle.
Detectives used their statements to trace the jobless man and he was arrested at his home later that same day.
Barking and Dagenham Police Det Con Phil Stokes thanked the “brave” actions of the two “spirited” men.