Man who stole car then robbed three women is jailed

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A man who stole a car in Chat­teris and went on to rob three women, one at knife­point, last Christ­mas has been jailed for 11 years.

Si­mon By­ton (32) stole a red Vaux­hall Zafira from a ser­vice sta­tion in Chat­teris on Christ­mas Day and drove it to Cam­bridge, where he car­ried out a se­ries of rob­beries.

Cam­bridge Crown Court heard By­ton stole bags from women, in­clud­ing one who he threat­ened to stab be­fore push­ing her to the floor, and an­other who he punched in the face be­fore us­ing her bank cards to at­tempt to pur­chase scratch cards.

Of­fi­cers later saw the stolen ve­hi­cle and pur­sued it. By­ton aban­doned the car and fled on foot but was ar­rested at his home on De­cem­ber 29 af­ter be­ing iden­ti­fied on CCTV footage. While be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, By­ton also ad­mit­ted to rob­bing a post of­fice in Stow Cum Quy, on De­cem­ber 15 last year. He had threat­ened the store as­sis­tant at knife­point be­fore help­ing him­self to £250 from the till.

By­ton, of Bridge Street, Chat­teris, pleaded guilty to four counts of rob­bery, one count of tak­ing a car with­out con­sent, one count of hav­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle, and two counts of fraud.

By­ton was jailed for a to­tal of 11 years for the of­fences.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Karen Lunn said: “By­ton caused the vic­tims phys­i­cal and emo­tional in­juries, and is now be­ing pun­ished for his ac­tions.

“We will do all we can to bring the per­pe­tra­tors of crimes to jus­tice, and I hope the sen­tence sends a clear mes­sage to any­one who thinks they can get away with this type of of­fence.”

Si­mon By­ton

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