Jail for robber who struck 17 times across Burnley
A ROBBER who struck 17 times at petrol stations and shops across Burnley has been jailed.
Hanif Alam, 30, also attacked a shop assistant leaving her with facial injuries, Burnley Crown Court heard.
He struck repeatedly in May and early June, snatching bags of alcohol and cigarettes and fleeing as he was being served in the £1,000 month-long spree.
Alam, whose catalogue of offending stretched throughout East Lancashire, was locked up for a total of 23 months and 21 days, after admitting robbery and seven allegations of theft or making off without payment.
The defendant, of Melville Street, Burnley, asked for nine offences - five of theft and four of making off without payment- committed between May 1 and 23, to be considered. The total amount stolen of property stolen was about £900.
On August 15, he had been sent to custody for 12 weeks for four similar offences, by Hyndburn magistrates.
David Macro, prosecuting, said on May 20, Alam took petrol from Holmefield Garage, Rawtenstall.
The day after, he stole spirits from Texaco on Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick, and on the 22, he targeted Spar shops on Burnley Road, Accrington, and Manchester Road, Burnley.
On May 23, Alam stole from the Co-op, Briercliffe Road. The day after, the defendant helped himself to a £10 bag of coins from Ladbrokes on Yorkshire Street, Burnley, after asking the cashier to make him a cup of tea.
At Linda's Off Licence on Barden Lane in the town, he used a younger accomplice in a 'slightly more sophisticated' offence, on May 27. The accomplice made off with a bag of goods without paying and the defendant told the shopkeeper he wouldn't be doing a runner as he had just come out of hospital. They chatted and Alam then grabbed the bag and disappeared as the shopkeeper was putting spirits and cigarettes into it.
Mr Macro said on June 2, the defendant went into the Spar Shop on Brunshaw Road and asked for two bottles of whisky and a bottle of vodka. The assistant put them in a bag and the defendant's bank card was declined by the reader. He then reached over the till screen and grabbed the bag.
The prosecutor said: "She also grabbed hold of it instinctively and the defendant tried to pull the bag out of her hands. She held on and he pulled her into the counter. During the course of the struggle, he hit her in the face, connecting with her nose and mouth. That knocked her backwards and made her let go and the defendant ran out of the door."