Two Nottingham men have been jailed for a combined total of six years and three months after being convicted of robbery in Sheffield.
William McLatchie, 23, of Stinsford Close, Bestwood Park, Nottingham, and Paul Turton, 23, of Ridgeway Walk, Nottingham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 30 June to be sentenced after each pleading guilty to robbery, possession of a bladed article and driving offences at a previous hearing.
McLatchie was jailed for three years and 11 months, Turton jailed for two years and four months.
The court heard that in the early hours of Saturday 11 March 2017, McLatchie and Turton approached two members of the public who were walking home along Carter Knowle Road, Sheffield, after a night out.
McLatchie produced a knife and threatened the victims, while Turton searched their pockets.
After stealing cash, phones and a contactless debit card from their victims, the pair left in a vehicle. McLatchie was later captured on CCTV using the stolen card in a shop in Chesterfield.
Their vehicle was then seen driving erratically by officers from Nottinghamshire Police, who engaged in a pursuit before their vehicle was brought to a stop and both men arrested.
PC Craig Winkless who led the investigation said: “McLatchie and Turton intentionally travelled into Sheffield from Nottingham to commit crime.
“They then targeted two members of the public, taking advantage of them for their own selfish gain by threatening them with a knife.
“Not wishing to be seriously injured, the victims understandably offered no resistance and the offenders have left the scene with various items of stolen property. This was a cowardly act and I am glad that both men are now behind bars.
“I hope that this demonstrates our dedication within Sheffield to tackle these kinds of crimes, along with our persistence and desire to reducing crime and to bring criminals before the courts to face prosecution.
“In this case in particular, I want to thank the victims for having the courage to come forward to police.”
Pictured: Paul Turton in the black top, William McLatchie in the blue top