VIDEO: Robbers jailed after mum reports them to police
10:10am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
TWO knife-wileding robbers have been jailed after one of their mothers reported them to police.
James Clewes and Bernadette Chapman went into the Best One shop in Rochadale Road, Bury, armed with knives and demanded cash just after 7.10am on Thursday, May 23.
One of the cashiers handed over cash after being threatened at knifepoint by Clewes, while Chapman filled a bag with cash and cigarettes.
They tried to escape through the front door, but it was being held shut from outside by a member of the public.
After failing to get out through the back, they returned to the front and smashed a glass panel in the door before running off along Albert Street.
Within a couple of hours Chapman had confessed what she had done to her mother, who contacted police. The pair were arrested later that morning at a nearby pub.
Matching clothes from the robbery were found when police searched their house.
Clewes, aged 32, of Bond Street, Bury admitted robbery, possessing a bladed article and two counts of threatening a member of public with a bladed article.
Chapman, aged 27, also of Bond Street, admitted robbery and possessing a bladed article.
At Bolton Crown Court, Clewes was jailed for three years and four months, while Chapman was jailed for two years and six months.
Det Con Mick Yates, said: “Clewes and Chapman armed themselves with knives and used the threat of violence to terrify staff at the shop. By their own admissions it was a desperate act.
“It seems the reality of what they had just done quickly dawned on them and Chapman in particular, was quick to confess.
“Faced with this revelation and an extremely difficult decision to make, credit must go to Bernadette Chapman’s mother, who without hesitation called the police.
“I must also reserve special praise for the witness who saw this robbery in action and bravely did everything he could to stop them escaping from the shop.
“Between them they have shown that there are members of our community who will not sit by and watch something criminal happen and who will not sit back in the knowledge that someone is responsible for such offences and do nothing. They have proven that the police and the public can work together side by side to bring criminals to justice.”