AN ARMED robber who threatened a worker at a shop in Frankley with a knife has been jailed for five years.
Andrew Oseman told the shocked staff member, who was alone in the shop on Arden Road at the time, that he had a knife and ‘wasn’t afraid to use it’ as he carried out the robbery on November 23.
CCTV showed him bursting into the shop armed with a knife and jumping over the counter before he was seen grabbing the elderly shop worker and throwing her out of the way, ripping the till out and making off with more than £230 in cash.
But Andrew Oseman left a partial print as he jumped over the shop counter (circled in the picture) and fled with the till (right).
However it was as he jumped back over the counter to flee the scene that he left a partial palm print on the till monitor. This allowed West Midlands Police’s forensic team to seize the print that returned a hit to the 49-year-old.
Officers also used CCTV and body mapping to help identify Oseman.
Despite being charged, Oseman failed to attend court and was convicted in his absence.
After being found guilty of robbery, officers located and arrested him ahead of his sentencing.
Oseman, of no fixed address, was jailed for five years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Investigating officer Det Con Darren Lennox, West Midlands Police CID, said: “I’m glad Oseman is now behind bars facing the consequences of his actions.
“This was an attack on an elderly shop worker who was unable to defend herself and is still recovering from the ordeal.
“I hope our thorough investigation sends out a clear message – that we will use every method possible to identify criminals and bring them to justice, even if they don’t show up at court, this case proves we will still convict people and track them down.”