A KNIFE-carrying thug has been jailed after robbing a 16-year-old boy of his bicycle in Hobs Moat.
Anthony Bartram, 19, had pretended to be a good samaritan going to help the teenager – who was repairing the bike in Hobs Moat Road.
But moments later he produced the blade and demanded the lad give him the cycle, which was a birthday present.
Bartram, who lived on the same road where the offence took place, admitted robbery at Leamington Justice Centre.
Last Thursday (September 29), he was sent to a youth offender’s institute for 30 months.
DC Julie Byrne, who investigated the robbery, said: “The victim was just 16, the bike was his new prized possession. It was a cruel act. The lad not only lost his bike, he was shaken by the incident and left stranded to make his own way home.”
Bartram was identified as the chief suspect when detectives spotted him with the bike while spooling through CCTV footage.
Officers were helped by the fact that the bike was quite distinctive and easy to recognise as the one that had been stolen.
He was arrested ten-days after the offence which happened on June 13 this year.
Bartram pleaded guilty to the robbery from the start and was said to be “ very remorseful” for what he’d done.
Though he’d denied carrying a knife, the judge believed one had been used in the robbery and took this into consideration when sentencing.