Man who assaulted victim and forced her to withdraw money from jailed ATM
A man who committed two robberies in Yeovil, including one in which he had a knife, was sentenced to six years in prison.
Valentinas Michailovas, 24, of Marl Close in Yeovil, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on Friday November 12 for pleading guilty to a number of offenses.
A male victim was taken to an ATM on August 15 and forced to withdraw money before being assaulted by Michailovas, who fled with the money.
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Two days later, Michailovas broke into the same person’s home in the early hours of the morning and the victim saw the victim holding a knife.
Michailovas forced the victim to go and withdraw a quantity of cash again from an ATM.
A second victim in the town said his home was broken into on the night of August 20 and that a subsequent investigation was carried out by police in Avon and Somerset, which included trawling through CCTV footage, and led Michailovas to admit one count of handling stolen goods.
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The 24-year-old was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery, one of receiving stolen property and the other of fraudulent use of someone’s bank cards. ‘other.
He also received restraining orders preventing him from being able to contact any of his victims. Violation of a restraining order would result in another prison sentence.
In sentencing, Judge James Townsend noted that Michailovas had previously been convicted of “non-dissimilar” offenses in his native Lithuania.
PC Jim Card said: “Valentinas Michailovas is a dangerous offender who has used force and a weapon to rob an innocent man twice in the space of just a few days.
“No one should feel unsafe in their home and Michailovas had no respect for his victims when he committed these crimes.
“We welcome the six-year sentence imposed on him as a result and the restraining orders protecting these innocent victims from him in the future. “