Bag-snatcher who robbed 85-year-old lady in Sandy is jailed

Jonathan Stimson, 42, has been jailed for two years and eight months. Picture: Beds police

Jonathan Stimson, 42, has been jailed for two years and eight months. Picture: Beds police - Credit: Archant

A bag-snatcher who robbed an 85-year-old lady in a Sandy street has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Jonathan Stimson, 42, ran up behind the woman in Newton Way after she came in from Sunderland Road, attacked her and robbed her of her bag, which contained pension money.

Stimson, of Park Road in Sandy, pleaded guilty to robbery at Luton Crown Court yesterday – changing his plea on the day a jury trial had been set to begin.

Judge Michael Kay QC sentenced him to two years and eight months behind bars.

A neighbour who witnessed the attack told the Comet afterwards: “Justice has been done. I’m happy that my friend can feel safer.


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“She has asked me again to thank everyone who was there for her and who supported her – she says she can’t thank you all enough.”

A social media post made shortly after the attack on March 6 prompted the community to rally around and donate money and a new bag for the victim.

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According to another friend, she had been left traumatised and “frightened in her own home” by the ordeal.

DC Adam Cave, who investigated the robbery, said: “Stimson used unnecessary force to take the victim’s handbag, and understandably she was left shaken by the incident.

“I am pleased we have secured some justice for her, and I hope Stimson’s time behind bars will allow him to reflect on the trauma he has caused.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the victim and her family and members of the community for supporting our investigation, even though reflecting on the incident may have been traumatic for her.”

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