A man who carried out a series of knifepoint robberies within the space of an hour and a half in Colchester has been sentenced to six years in prison with a further three on licence.
Danny Glass, 30, of Haven Road, targeted his victims in the Hythe and New Town areas of Colchester between 5am and 6.30am on February 2, 2019.
Glass robbed a woman in her 20s of her handbag, cash and cards at knifepoint in Haven Road at around 5am, before going on to Kendall Road, where he threatened a man in his 20s.
A third man had a knife held to his throat near Kendall Folley shortly afterwards.
Another man in his 20s was threatened near to the Tesco at Greenstead at around 6.30am, and Glass took his cards, cash and phone.
The last victim, a woman in her 30s, was held at knifepoint near to Victor Road at 6.50am.
Between the incidents, Glass used a stolen bank card in a shop in Barrack Street and was positively identified from the shop’s CCTV.
He was arrested on February 4 and officers seized a number of knives from his home.
The majority of Glass’ victims were targeted as they were coming home or were on their way to work and, in statements read aloud in court, they reflected on the effect the opportunistic attacks had had on their lives.
One victim stated they “do not feel safe in public” as a result of the incident and summarised saying “this has completely changed my life.” Another victim agreed that the robbery had a “profound impact” on their life.
Glass was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today, June 14, after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and two counts of possession of a knife at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 6.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hughes, of Colchester CID, said: “In one of the statements read out at court today, Glass was described by a victim as a ‘danger to the public’. I couldn’t agree more.
“He knowingly took a knife out into the streets and targeted people who were alone, going about their daily business on a Saturday morning. His selfish, unnecessary actions have changed their lives forever.
“I would like to commend every victim in this case for their immense bravery throughout this process. I hope they will get some small comfort knowing that Glass is behind bars as they start to rebuild after this traumatic incident.”